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Willy Ley

educator , author

Willy Ley, German educator, author. Fellow British Interplanetary Society; member German Rocket Society (founding.


Ley, Willy was born on October 2, 1906 in Berlin, Germany. Son of Julius Otto and Frida (May) Ley.


Student of University Berlin, 1927. Doctor of Humane Letters, Adelphi College, 1959.


Came to the United States, 1935, natrualized, 1944. Free lance writer from 1927. Science editor newspaper Prime Minister, New York City, 1940-1944.

Research engineer Washington Institute Technology College Park, Maryland., 1944-1947. Information specialist office technical services, Department Commerce, Washington, since 1947.


  • Author: Die Moglichkei der Weltraumfahrt, 1928. Konrad Gesner, Leban und Werk, 1930. Grundriss einer Geschichte der Rakete, 1931.

    The Lungfish and the Unicorn, 1940. Bombs and Bombing, 1941. Shells and Shooting, 1942.

    The Days of Creation, 1942. Rockets, 1944

  • Rockets and Space Travel, 1947, review 1957, 61. Conquest of Space, 1948.

    Dragons in Amber, 1950. Lands Beyond (with L. S. de Camp), 1952. Engineer’s Dreams, 1954.

    Salamanders and Other Wonders, 1955. The Exploration of Mars (with Wernher von Braun), 1956. Willy Ley’s Exotic Zoology, 1959.

    Watchers of the Skies, 1963. Beyond the Solar System, 1964. The Dawn of Zoology, 1968.

    On Earth and in the Sky, 1969. Events in Space, 1969. Articles military publications and mags.


Fellow British Interplanetary Society. Member German Rocket Society (founding.


Married Olga Feldman, December 24, 1941. Children: Sandra, Xenia.

Julius Otto Ley

Frida (May) Ley

Olga Feldman

Sandra Ley

Xenia Ley