Walter Jacobi

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Walter Jacobi
Walter Jacobi.jpg
Jacobi in 2002
Born January 13, 1918
Saalfeld,[1] Germany
Died August 19, 2009(2009-08-19) (aged 91)
Huntsville, Alabama
Nationality Germany German, United States United States of America
Fields Aeronautics
Institutions Peenemünde
Fort Bliss
Redstone Arsenal
Marshall Space Flight Center

Walter Jacobi (January 13, 1918 – August 19, 2009)[2] was a rocket scientist and member of the "von Braun rocket group", at Peenemünde (1939–1945) working on the V-2 rockets in World War II. He was among the scientists to surrender and travel to the United States to provide rocketry expertise via Operation Paperclip. He came to the United States on the first boat, November 16, 1945.[3] with Operation Paperclip and Fort Bliss, Texas (1945–1949). He continued his work with the team when they moved to Redstone Arsenal, and he joined Marshall Space Flight Center to work for NASA.[2] Jacobi worked on rocket "structure and components."[1]

He continued to support the space program and appear at public events until his death.[2]


  1. ^ a b Associated Press (August 20, 2009). "Huntsville rocket scientist Jacobi dies at 91". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Shelby G. Spires (August 19, 2009). "Original German Rocket Team member Walter Jacobi dies at 91". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jacobi, Walter". Astronautix. Retrieved December 14, 2010.