James R. Hansen

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James R. Hansen
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James Hansen at the National Air and Space Museum Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 in Washington, D.C..Edit this at Wikidata
Born1952 Edit this on Wikidata
OccupationAcademic, historian
LanguageEnglish language Edit this on Wikidata
Alma materIndiana University
Ohio State University
webhome.auburn.edu/~hansejr/Edit this at Wikidata

James R. Hansen (born 1952) is a professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama.[1] His book From the Ground Up won the History Book Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1988. For his work, The Wind and Beyond (NASA) - (six-volume series), he was awarded the Eugene Ferguson Prize for Outstanding Reference Work by the Society for the History of Technology in 2005.


Hansen is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1] He received his B.A. from Indiana University.[1] He also received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.[1] Hansen serves on the Leadership Board of For All Moonkind, Inc. a nonprofit organization committed to developing a legal framework to manage and protect human cultural heritage in space.


Books of non-fiction.

  • From the Ground Up: The Autobiography of an Aeronautical Engineer (1988), with Fred E. Weick
  • First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (Simon & Schuster, 2005, 2012), authorized biography of Neil Armstrong,[2] received the American Astronautical Society's Prize for Astronautical Literature.[3]
  • Forever Young: A Life of Adventure in Air and Space (2012), with John W. Young
  • A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf (Gotham Penguin, 2014).[4] The book was awarded the Herbert Warren Wind Award by the United States Golf Association as the best golf book of the year.[5]
  • The Bird Is on the Wing: Aerodynamics and the Progress of the American Airplane (Texas A&M University Press, 2003)[6]
  • Engineer In Charge: A History Of The Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, 1917 1958 (1987)
  • Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster (University Press of Florida, 2009), with Allan J. McDonald[7][8][9]
  • Enchanted Rendezvous: John C. Houbolt and the Genesis of the Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous Concept (1995), with National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Monograph in Aerospace History series #4
  • Spaceflight Revolution: NASA Langley Research Center from Sputnik to Apollo (2013)



  1. ^ a b c d "James R. Hansen - Department of History - College of Liberal Arts". Auburn University. April 12, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "James R. Hansen papers on Neil Armstrong, 1955-2011". Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ Richelson, Jeffrey T. (2016-03-02). "Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Awards". American Astronautical Society. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^ "'A Difficult Par' by James R. Hansen". Cybergolf. April 29, 1912. Retrieved May 18, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Herbert Warren Wind Book Award Winners". USGA. 2016-02-20. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  6. ^ Hansen, J.R. (2004). The Bird Is on the Wing: Aerodynamics and the Progress of the American Airplane. Centennial of flight series. Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 978-1-58544-243-0. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "NSS Review: Truth, Lies, and O-Rings". National Space Society. January 28, 1986. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Becker, Michael; Service, MSU News (May 8, 2009). "Engineer who warned of trouble before Challenger disaster to sign books today". Montana State University. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Engineer Who Opposed Challenger Launch Offers Personal Look at Tragedy". NASA. January 28, 1986. Retrieved May 19, 2016.

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