Karl Dawson Wood

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K.D. Wood
Karl Dawson Wood[1]

(1898-09-27)September 27, 1898
DiedApril 19, 1995(1995-04-19) (aged 96)
EducationME Cornell University 1922
MS Cornell University 1926
University of Michigan

Karl Dawson (K.D.) Wood (September 27, 1898 – April 19, 1995) was an aerospace education pioneer specializing in airplane and spacecraft design. His first two books, Airplane Design and Technical Aerodynamics,[2] with over ten editions, were the standard college textbooks for generations of aerospace engineers. Additionally, he was the technical editor for Prentice-Hall as well as other textbooks and publications in applied aeronautics, thermodynamics and guided missiles. Wood's textbooks contained practical knowledge derived from his summertime contract jobs at Air Materiel Command, General Motors, National Bureau of Standards, Marquardt Corporation, Douglas Aircraft, Grumman Aircraft, Martin Company, National Science Foundation, Consolidated Aircraft, Bell Aircraft Company, and Consolidated-Vultee.[3]

He earned an M.E. Degree from Cornell University[4] in 1922, a M.S. from Cornell in 1926, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1955. He started the aeronautical engineering departments at Purdue University[5] and University of Colorado.[6]


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  2. ^ http://www.worldcat.org/title/aerospace-vehicle-design/oclc/2926384 [bare URL]
  3. ^ "Legacy".
  4. ^ "TAM: History". Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  5. ^ https://engineering.purdue.edu/~grandt/_private/First%20AAE%20faculty%20web%20page.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2011-04-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)