Smith J. Defrance, American aero research engineer. Decorated Silver Star medal and Medal for Merit; recipient National Civil Service League Career award, 1964. Served as airplane pilot Army of the United States, 1917-1919.; Fellow Institute Aero. Sciences (vice president); member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Legion, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.; Mason.
- Research engineer National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now National Aeronautics and Space Administration), 1922-1947, director Ames Aero. Laboratory, 1947-1958, director of Ames Research Center, 1958-1967.
Born January 19, 1896