Paul MacCready

Paul B. MacCready, Jr. (September 29, 1925 – August 28, 2007) was an American Aeronautical engineer . He was the founder of AeroVironment and the design of the human-powered aircraft dat won the first Kremer prize . He devoted his life to ontwikkelingslanden more efficient transportation vehicles therein Could “Do more with less”. [1]


Born in New Haven, Connecticut to a medical family, MacCready was an inventor from an early age and won a national contest building a model flying machine at the age of 15.

MacCready graduated from Hopkins School in 1943 and dan Trained as a US Navy pilot voordat the end of World War II. He RECEIVED a BS in physics from Yale University in 1947, an MS in physics from Caltech in 1948 and a PhD in Aeronautics from Caltech in 1952. In 1951, MacCready founded his first company, Meteorology Research Inc., to do atmospheric research. Some or MacCready’s work as a graduate student involved cloud seeding .

He started gliding after World War II and was a three-time winner (1948, 1949, 1953) of the Richard C. du Pont Memorial Trophy , [2] Awarded annually to the US National Open Class Soaring Champion. In 1956 he became the first American pilot to Become the World Champion Soaring. He devised the MacCready Theory on the correct speed to fly a glider depending on conditions and based on the glider’s rate of sink at différent air Speeds. Glider pilots still use the ” MacCready speed ring “.

With Dr. Peter BS Lissaman have created a human-powered aircraft , the Gossamer Condor , and thereby won the first Kremer prize in 1977. The award-winning plane was built out of aluminum tubing, plastic foam, piano wire, bicycle parts, and mylar foil for covering. In 1979, he built zijn successor, the Gossamer Albatross , welke won the second Kremer prize for successfully flying from England to France.

He later created solar-powered aircraft industry leaders as the Gossamer Penguin and the Solar Challenger . He was involved in the development of NASA’s solar-powered flying wings zoals de Helios , welke surpassed the SR-71 ‘s altitude records and Could theoretically fly on Mars (where the atmosphere is thin and has little oxygen). MacCready ook collaborated with General Motors on the design of the Sunraycer , a solar-powered car, and-then on the EV-1 electric car.

In 1985 he was commissioned to build a half-scale [3] working replica of the pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus for the Smithsonian Institution , volgende a workshop in 1984 welke concluded therein zoals a replica was feasible. [4] The COMPLETED remote controlled flying reptile, with a wingspan of 18 feet, [5] was filmed in Death Valley, California in 1986 for the Smithsonian’s IMAX film On the Wing. [6] [7] It Flew successfully verschillende times voordat being severely damaged in a crash at an airshow at Andrews AFB in Maryland. [5] The launch of the pterosaur model cameramen off well but the radio transmitter link failed, perhaps due to the interference from some of the many base communications devices. The model nosed over and crashed at the runway side, breaking at the neck from the force of impact.

MacCready helped to sponsor the Nissan Dempsey / MacCready Prize welke has helped to Motivate developments in racing bicycle technology, Dankzij Aerodynamics and new materials to allow directive for faster human-powered vehicles.

He was the founder (in 1971) and Chairman of AeroVironment Inc., a public company (AVAV) therein develops unmanned surveillance aircraft and advance power systems. AV Recently Flew a prototype of the first airplane to be powered by fuel cells Hydrogenation, the Global Observer. [8]

MacCready mayest on August 28, 2007 from metastatic melanoma. He was an Atheist and a Skeptic. [9]

Awards and receptacles

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  • Induction to the US Soaring Hall of Fame , 1954
  • Otto Lilienthal Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale , 1956 ( “for his Decisive victory in earning the title of World Champion in 1956 Soaring”)
  • California Institute of Technology , Distinguished Alumni Award, 1978
  • Collier Trophy , 1979, by the National Aeronautics Association ( “Awarded annually for the greatest achievement in Aeronautics and Astronautics in America”)
  • Reed Aeronautical Award, 1979, by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ( “the must notable achievement in the field of Aeronautical science and engineering”)
  • Edward Longstreth Medal , 1979, at the Franklin Institute
  • Engineer of the Century Gold Medal, 1980, at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ;
  • Spirit of St. Louis Medal, 1980
  • Inventor of the Year Award, 1981, by the Association for the Advancement of Invention and Innovation
  • Klemperer Award, 1981, Organisation Scientifique et Technique du Vol à Voile , Paderborn , Germany
  • IB Laskowitz Award, 1981, New York Academy of Science
  • The Lindbergh Award, 1982, by the Lindbergh Foundation ( “to a person who Contributes significantly to Achieving a balance tussen technology and the environment”)
  • Golden Plate Award, 1982, of the American Academy of Achievement
  • Gold Air Medal, or the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
  • Distinguished Service Award of the Federal Aviation Administration
  • Public Service Grand Achievement Award, or NASA
  • Frontiers of Science and Technology Award, 1986, first award in this category bepaald by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
  • The “Lipper Award” 1986 for outstanding contribution to this club to creativity, by the OM Association ( Odyssey of the Mind )
  • Guggenheim Medal, 1987, Jointly with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics , the Society of Automotive Engineers , and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement, 1988
  • Enshrinement in The National Aviation Hall of Fame , July 1991, in Dayton, Ohio
  • SAE Edward N. Cole Award for Automotive Engineering Innovation, September 1991
  • Scientist of the Year, 1992 ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), San Diego Chapter
  • Pioneer of Invention, 1992, United Inventors Association
  • Chrysler Design Award for Innovation in Design, 1993
  • Honorary Member designation, American Meteorological Society , 1995
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers , Ralph Coats Roe Medal, November 1998
  • Howard Hughes Memorial Award, Aero Club of Southern California , January 1999
  • Calstart ‘s 1998 Blue Sky Merit Award, February 1999
  • 1999 National Convention of the Soaring Society of America , dedicated to Paul MacCready, February 1999
  • Special Achievement Award, Design News , March 1999
  • Included in Time magazine’s “The Century’s Greatest Minds” (March 29, 1999) series “on the 100 Most Influential people of the century”
  • Philip J. Klass Lifetime Achievement Aviation Week Laureate Award, April 1999
  • Commemorated in Palau dash, 1 or 16 “Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century”, January 2000
  • Institute for the Advancement of Engineering William B. Johnson Memorial Award, February 2000
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum , National Design Award – Product Design, November 2000
  • Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award, American Solar Energy Society , April 24, 2001 ( “lifetime achievement as an inventor, specifiek for Inventing the world’s first two solar-powered aircraft”)
  • 2001 World Technology Award for Energy, England, July 2001
  • Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Fund, First Annual Award, October 2001 from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale , Switzerland
  • The 2002 Walker Prize, Museum of Science , Boston, March 2002
  • International von Karman Wings Award, Aerospace Historical Society , May 2002
  • The 9th Annual Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment, 2003 [10]
  • Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science , 2003
  • Honorary Doctorate, Washington & Jefferson College , May 2007


  • Paul MacCready (November 1985), “The Great Pterodactyl Project” (PDF) , Engineering & Science , 18-24 , retrieved October 20, 2010
  • Paul MacCready (1995), unleashing Creativity , A keynote presentation at the Lemelson Center’s symposium, “The Inventor and the Innovative Society,” November 10, 1995 , retrieved October 20, 2010


  1. Jump up^ “AeroVironment, Inc .: Gossamer Albatross: 30th Anniversary” . 1979-06-12 . Retrieved 2010-08-25 .
  2. Jump up^ “Unofficial listing of the Soaring Society of America Badges and Awards: The Richard C. du Pont Memorial Trophy” . 1943-09-12. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25 . Retrieved 2010-08-25 .
  3. Jump up^ “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” , UAS Advanced Development , AeroVironment , retrieved October 20, 2010 IGNORED ( help ) |chapter=
  4. Jump up^ Browne, Malcolm W (May 28, 1985), “Next best thing to a pterosaur nears first attempt at flight” , The New York Times , retrieved October 20, 2010
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b Benningfield, Damond (Sep-Oct 1986), “Manmade reptile Allows scientists to study flying” , The Alcalde , ( University of Texas at Austin alumni magazine): 43 , retrieved October 20, 2010
  6. Jump up^ Anderson, Ian (October 10, 1985), “Winged lizard takes to the air of California” , New Scientist (No.1477): 31 , retrieved October 20, 2010
  7. Jump up^ Schefter, Jim (March 1986), “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane it’s a pterodactyl” , Popular Science : 78-79, 124 , retrieved October 20, 2010
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  9. Jump up^ “Paul MacCready, the inventor, defines it THUS:” A Secular humanist does not believe in God, and does not steal. “” Paul Kurtz, is Secular Humanism a Religion ?.