Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History

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The Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History, also known as the Lindbergh Chair, is a one-year senior fellowship hosted by the U.S. National Air and Space Museum (NASM), to assist a scholar in the research and composition of a book about aerospace history. Named for the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, the position is competitive: one experienced scholar is selected each year from multiple applicants worldwide. Up to $100,000 is granted to the winner.[1]

The Lindbergh Chair is one of four research fellowships administered by NASM within the Smithsonian Institution: the others are the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Fellowship, the A. Verville Fellowship, and the Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship.[2] Announced in 1977 at the 50th anniversary of Lindbergh's famous solo flight,[3] 1978 was the first year that the Lindbergh Chair was occupied—British aviation historian Charles Harvard Gibbs-Smith was selected as the first recipient.[4]

Each Lindbergh Chair application is judged relative to the suitability of its proposal, the scholarly record of the applicant, the availability of relevant museum staff advisors knowledgeable on the proposed topic, whether the NASM can provide the specific resources,[2] and the applicability of the proposal to NASM's work-in-progress series.[5] The winner is expected to reside in the Washington, DC, area for nine months to a year, the academic year generally starting in September and ending by the following August. He or she is also expected to take part in discussions with museum staff and to attend professional seminars and colloquia.[5] Along with access to primary research materials, the winner is given the use of an office, a phone and a computer.[5]

Past winners[edit]

Year Awardee Topic Published result
Gibbs-Smith, Charles HarvardCharles Harvard Gibbs-Smith[4] Wright brothers
Kelsey, Benjamin S.Benjamin S. Kelsey[6] U.S. aviation in World War II The Dragon's Teeth?: The Creation of United States Air Power for World War II. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982
Davies, R. E. G. "Ron"R. E. G. "Ron" Davies[7] Airlines Airlines of the USA since 1914
von Ohain, HansHans von Ohain[8]
Anderson, John D.John D. Anderson[9] History of aerodynamics
Fozard, John W.John W. Fozard[10] History of the lift jet
Bilstein, Roger E.Roger E. Bilstein[11]
Lewis, W. DavidW. David Lewis[12]
Leary, William M.William M. Leary[13]
Murray, WilliamsonWilliamson Murray[14]
McCurdy, Howard E.Howard E. McCurdy[15] American space program Space and the American Imagination, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998
Trimble, William F.William F. Trimble[12] US Navy aviation of the 1950s
Kevles, Bettyann HoltzmannBettyann Holtzmann Kevles[16] Women in space Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space New York: Basic Books, 2003 (Second edition: MIT Press, 2006)
Launius, RogerRoger Launius[17] Jet engines
Erisman, Fred R.Fred R. Erisman[18]
Scranton, PhilipPhilip Scranton[19]
Krige, JohnJohn Krige[20] Space policy American hegemony and the postwar reconstruction of science in Europe. MIT Press, 2006
Fleming, James RodgerJames Rodger Fleming[21]
Smith, Robert W.Robert W. Smith[22]
Farquhar, Robert W.Robert W. Farquhar[23] Space exploration
Logsdon, John M.John M. Logsdon[24] Space policy and history
Slotten, HughHugh Slotten[25]
Macleod, RoyRoy Macleod[26]
Siddiqi, AsifAsif Siddiqi
McCray, W. PatrickW. Patrick McCray[27] Collaboration of artists, engineers, & scientists through Apollo era


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  18. ^ "Kudos". TCU magazine. Texas Christian University. Winter 2002. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Philip Scranton". History Department Faculty. Rutgers University. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  20. ^ "John Krige". Science & Society. Emory University. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  21. ^ "James Rodger Fleming" (PDF). CV. Colby College. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Smith, Robert". Fellows. Alberta Institute for American Studies. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
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  25. ^ "Hugh Slotten". Department of Media, Film and Communication. University of Otago. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Prof Roy Macleod". Biography. University of Sussex. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  27. ^ "McCray named Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum". Department of History. University of California Santa Barbara. Retrieved August 18, 2015.