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Smith J. Defrance

aero research engineer.

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.

Background

Defrance, Smith J. was born on January 19, 1896 in Battle Creek, Michigan, United States. Son of John B. and Lena A. (Smith) DeF.

Education

Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, 1922, Doctor Engineering, 1953. Doctor of Laws, University California, 1952.

Career

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.

Works

  • Author technical reports. United States Government.

Membership

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.; Clubs: Rotary, Quiet Birdmen.

Connections

Married Ruth Patterson, July 20, 1922.

father:
John B. DeF.

mother:
Lena A. (Smith) DeF.

spouse:
Ruth Patterson