Edward N. Hall

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Edward Nathanial Hall
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Colonel Edward N. Hall
Born(1914-08-04)4 August 1914
Forest Hills, Queens, New York City
Died15 January 2006(2006-01-15) (aged 91)
Torrance, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUS Department of the Army seal.png United States Army
Seal of the United States Department of the Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service1939–1959
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Battles/warsWorld War II:
AwardsLegion of Merit (2)

Edward Nathanial Hall (August 4, 1914 – January 15, 2006) was a leading missile development engineer working for the US and its allies in World War II and the late 20th century.

Early life[edit]

Hall was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City. The son of a furrier, he attended Townsend Harris High School. He received a Bachelor in engineering from College of the City of New York in 1935 and a professional degree in chemical engineering in 1936. In 1948, he earned a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.[1] He was the brother Theodore Hall, an accomplished physicist who became an atomic spy.[2]

World War II[edit]

Hall entered the Air Corps 1939. During World War II he served in England in engineering assignments associated with aircraft repair. His introduction to missiles came near war's end when he was assigned to acquire intelligence on Germany's wartime propulsion work. In 1943, he received the Legion of Merit.

Missile development work[edit]

Hall became Assistant Chief, Non-Rotating Engine Branch, Power Plant Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he participated in the development of solid and liquid rocket power plants. In 1951, he was one of four people at Wright Air Development Center (WADC) who were instrumental in the initiation of Project MX-1593, the Atlas program.[3]

In 1954, Hall joined Western Development Division as Chief, Propulsion Development, where he was responsible for the programs leading to development of engines for the Atlas, Titan, and Thor missiles. In 1957, he became director of the Weapon System 315A (Thor) development program and, subsequently, oversaw installation of Thor missiles in England. Hall directed the Weapon System 133A (Minuteman) program until the eve of the missile’s first complete flight test.[4]

Edward Hall was selected to take the lead in designing, developing, producing, and deploying a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile for NATO. Retiring from the Air Force in 1959, Hall joined United Aircraft Corporation.

In 1999, he was elected to the Air Force Space and Missile Hall of Fame.[5]


Hall was married to Edith Shawcross. They had three children — a daughter, Sheila, and two sons, David and Jonathan.

Hall's brother, Theodore Hall, worked for the Manhattan Project and passed nuclear secrets to the Soviets.

Edward N. Hall died on January 15, 2006.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Rocketaholic: Edward N Hall http://rocketaholic.blogspot.com/2006/01/edward-n-hall-91-rocket-pioneer-seen.html
  2. ^ A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon/Neil Sheehan
  3. ^ Air Force Space Command "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-02-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Global Security: ICBM http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/systems/lgm-30_1.htm
  5. ^ NY Times obituary https://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B03E6DE153FF93BA25752C0A9609C8B63