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Ralph Henry Jacobson

Ralph Henry Jacobson, American laboratory executive, former air force officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal (Defense, National Intelligence Community, Air Force), Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Background

  • Jacobson, Ralph Henry was born on December 31, 1931 in Salt Lake City.

  • Education

    • Student, University Utah, 1952. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1956. Master of Science in Astronautics, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1962.

      Master of Science in Business Administration, George Washington University, 1966. Graduate, Air Command and Staff College, 1966. Graduate, Industrial College Armed Forces, 1974.

      Graduate, Naval War College, 1976.

    Career

    • Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1956, advanced through grades to major general, 1979. Project officer Ballistics Systems Division, Norton Air Force Base, California, 1962-1965. Action officer Directorate of Plans, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, 1966-1969.

      Wing operations staff officer 14th Special Operations Wing, Nha Trang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, 1969-1970. Successively research and development project officer, division chief and deputy director research Air Force Special Projects, Los Angeles Air Force Station, 1970-1975. Commander Air Force Satellite Control Facility, 1976-1979.

      Assistant deputy chief of staff for space shuttle development and operations Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisitions, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, 1979-1980, director space systems and command, control and communications, 1980-1981. Vice director Office of Secretary of Air Force Special Projects, Los Angeles Air Force Station, 1981-1983, director, 1983-1987. President, Chief Executive Officer, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987-1997.

    Membership

    Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

    Connections

    • Married Joan Mathews. Children: Mary, Matthew, James.
    • spouse: Joan Mathews
    • children: Mary Jacobson
    • Matthew Jacobson
    • James Jacobson
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    Born December 31, 1931
    Nationality
    • 1952
      University Utah
    • 1956
      United States Naval Academy
    • 1962
      Air Force Institute of Technology
    • 1966
      George Washington University
    • 1966
      Air Command and Staff College
    • 1974
      Industrial College Armed Forces
    • 1976
      Naval War College
    • 1956
      Commissioned 2nd lieutenant United States Air Force
    • 1962 - 1965
      project officer, Ballistics Systems Division
      California, United States
    • 1966 - 1969
      action officer, Directorate of Plans
      Washington, United States
    • 1969 - 1970
      wing operations staff officer, 14th Special Operations Wing
    • 1970 - 1975
      successively research and development project officer, research Air Force Special Projects
    • 1970 - 1975
      division chief and deputy director, research Air Force Special Projects
    • 1976 - 1979
      Commander Air Force Satellite Control Facility
    • 1979 - 1980
      assistant, deputy chief of staff for space shuttle development and operations Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Research
      Washington, United States
    • 1979
      Commissioned 2nd lieutenant United States Air Force
    • 1981 - 1983
      vice director, Office of Secretary of Air Force Special Projects
    • 1987 - 1997
      president
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1987 - 1997
      Chief Executive Officer
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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