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Aerospace historian

James Joseph Harford, American Aerospace historian. Recipient National Aeronautics and Space Administration Public Svc. award, 1985, Air Force Exceptional Svc. award, 1987, National Space Club Robert Goddard History Essay prize, 1995, International Astronomical Federation award, 1997; Verville fellow National Air and Space Museum.


Harford, James Joseph was born on August 19, 1924 in Jersey City. Son of Thomas William and Jane Hume (Henderson) Harford.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Yale University, 1945.


Sales engineer Worthington Corporation, 1946-1949. Associate editor Modern Industry, 1950-1952. Free-lance writer Europe, 1952-1953.

Executive secretary American Rocket Society, 1953-1963. Executive director American Institute Aeronautics an Astronautics, 1963-1988, executive director emeritus, since 1988. Vice president International Astronautical Federation, 1988—1990.

Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946.



Member 1945W class coun Yale University. Trustee Friends of Princeton Public Library., since 1996. Board member Princeton Adult Education School, since 1996.

Ensign United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Distinguished SAvc. award 1988, International Cooperative Aerospace award 1995), American Association for the Advancement of Science, British Interplanetary Society, Royal Aero. Society (associate);member International Academy Astronautics.


Married Mildred Rita Waters, April 19, 1952. Children: Susan Gately, James Joseph, Peter Benedict (deceased), Jennifer, Christopher.

Thomas William Harford

Jane Hume (Henderson) Harford

Mildred Rita Waters

Susan Gately Harford

James Joseph Harford

Peter Benedict Harford (deceased)

Jennifer Harford

Christopher Harford