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Michael John Neufeld

Michael John Neufeld, American curator, historian. Recipient Secretary's Research prize Smithsonian, 2008, Leopold prize OAH, 2008, Emme award American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007, Dexter prize SHOT, 1997, History Manuscript award American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1995, National Science Foundation Scholar's award History of Science and Technology Program, 1989-1990.


  • Neufeld, Michael John was born on July 7, 1951 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Son of Henry John and Isabel Grace (Mitchell) Neufeld.

  • Education

    • Bachelor with 1st class honors, University Calgary, Alberta, 1974. Master of Arts, University British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1976. Master of Arts, Johns Hopkins University, 1980.

      Doctor of Philosophy in History, Johns Hopkins University, 1984.


    • History researcher Department Supply and Services, Ottawa, Canada, summer 1973, 74. Teaching assistant Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1979-1980. Instructor Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, 1983-1984, from part-time instructor to part-time assistant professor, 1983-1985.

      Visiting assistant professor State University of New York, Oswego, 1985-1986, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, 1986-1988. Verville fellow National Air and Space Museum, Washington, 1988-1989, Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow, 1989-1990, curator aeronautics, 1990-1999, curator space history, since 1999, chair space history division, since 2007. Curator Air Power in World War II series, 1991-1994.

      Senior lecturer Johns Hopkins University, 2001.


    • The Rocket and the Reich
    • Launched by the Third Reich in late 1944, the first ballistic missile, the V-2, fell on London, Paris, and Antwerp after covering nearly two hundred miles in five minutes.


    Member German Studies Association, Society Military History, Society for History Technology, History of Science Society, Amnesty International.



    Amateur astronomy.


    • Married Sheila Faith Weiss, May 29, 1983 (divorced December 1992). Married Karen Lee Levenback, June 14, 1994.
    • father: Henry John Neufeld
    • mother: Isabel Grace (Mitchell) Neufeld
    • spouses: Sheila Faith Weiss
    • Karen Lee Levenback
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    Born July 7, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1974
      University Calgary
    • 1976
      University British Columbia
    • 1980
      Johns Hopkins University
    • 1984
      Johns Hopkins University
    • 1979 - 1980
      teaching assistant, Johns Hopkins University
      Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    • 1983 - 1984
      instructor, Clarkson University
      Potsdam, New York, United States
    • 1985 - 1986
      visiting assistant, professor State University of New York
      Oswego, Kansas, United States
    • 1986 - 1988
      visiting assistant, professor State University of New York
      Hamilton, Bermuda
    • 1988 - 1989
      Verville fellow, National Air and Space Museum
      Washington, United States
    • 1990 - 1999
      Verville fellow, National Air and Space Museum
    • 1999
      Verville fellow, National Air and Space Museum
    • 2007
      Verville fellow, National Air and Space Museum
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