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Willibald Peter Prasthofer
Austrian scientist

Willibald Peter Prasthofer

Willibald Peter Prasthofer
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Intro Austrian scientist
Was Engineer Aerospace engineer Scientist Physicist
From Austria
Field Engineering Science
Gender male
Birth 17 May 1917
Death 30 July 1993 (aged 76 years)
Star sign Taurus
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Willibald Peter Prasthofer (17 May 1917 – 30 July 1993) was an Austrian rocket scientist and educator.

With the anschluss of Austria with Germany prior to the second world war, he was conscripted to Peenemünde to work on the fledgeling rocket program headed by Wernher von Braun.

After the war, he worked for the French government missile program in Vernon, Eure (1947-1955), as well as participating in missile testing in Saharan Africa. After returning to Graz, Austria to teach, he was recruited by the U.S. Army to rejoin the German rocket team in Huntsville, Alabama, and with the formation of NASA, worked for the space agency on systems design and rocket propulsion and guidance. He also served as U.S. representative to the Paris air show.

Following his retirement from NASA in 1983, he taught engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville until his retirement in 1992, and continued to serve as lecturer at the Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket center in Huntsville until his death.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 14 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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