Robert Dexter Conrad
|Robert Dexter Conrad|
|Born||20 March 1905
|Died||26 July 1949
New York City
|Allegiance||United States of America|
||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1927-1947|
|Unit||Director of the Planning Division, Office of Research and Inventions|
|Awards||Legion of Merit
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Following duty in USS Florida (BB-30), he attended the Postgraduate School at Annapolis, Maryland, and earned a Master of Science degree in naval architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1932.
Returning to the United States, he served in the Design and Construction Division and in the Research and Information Section of the Bureau of Construction and Repair; then, from August 1937 to June 1939, at the Experimental Model Basin at Washington, D.C.. Duty at Mare Island followed and in November 1940 he was appointed Assistant Naval Attaché, later Special Naval Observer, at the American Embassy, London.
World War II service
In January 1942 he returned to Washington, D.C. Initially in the Bureau of Ships, he became Head of the Progress and Planning Section in the Office of the Coordinator of Research and Development, Office of the Secretary of the Navy in April and remained in that post until May 1945.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work during that period. After the end of the war in Europe, Captain Conrad continued his research work through many organizational changes, and was eventually designated Director of the Planning Division, Office of Research and Inventions, later the Office of Naval Research. He was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his work both during and after the Second World War.
Captain Conrad retired in 1947 and died at New York City on 26 July 1949.
Award named in his honor
The Navy's top scientific award, an annual award to the individual making an outstanding contribution in naval research and development bears Captain Conrad's name: the Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award.
- Department of the Navy — Naval Historical Center (19 October 2005). "Robert D. Conrad". Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- Office of Secretary, Department of the Navy (22 September 1987). "SecNav Instruction 5061.9G: Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award for Scientific Achievement" (PDF). Signed by H. Lawrence Garrett, III. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- Robert Dexter Conrad Papers, 1909-1961 MS 203 held by Special Collection & Archives, Nimitz Library at the United States Naval Academy