1992 29¢ Dr. Theodore von Karman
Issue Date: August 31, 1992
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: J.W. Fergusson & Sons for Stamp Venturers
Printing Method: Photogravure
An aerospace engineer, Theodore von Karman (1881-1963) greatly influenced the development of the U.S. aviation industry. During his career, he established the Center for Rocket Research and pioneered research in aerodynamics that was critical to the U.S. Space Program.
At age 81, von Karman became the recipient of the first National Medal of Science, bestowed upon him by President John F. Kennedy. He was selected for the honor “for his leadership in the science and engineering basic to aeronautics; for his effective teaching and related contributions in many fields of mechanics, for his distinguished counsel to the Armed Services, and for his promoting international cooperation in science and engineering.”