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laboratory executive , air force officer

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, United States Air Force, 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 dep.dir. research, Air Force Special Projects, Los Angeles Air Force Station, 1970-1975;commander, Air Force Satellite Control Facility, Los Angeles Air Force Station, 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, Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisitions, Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, 1980-1981;vice director, Office of Secretary of Air Force Special Projects, Los Angeles Air Force Station, 1981-1983;director, Office of Secretary of Air Force Special Projects, Los Angeles Air Force Station, 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

child:
Mary Jacobson

child:
Matthew Jacobson

child:
James Jacobson