Awards & Winners

Wernher von Braun

Date of Birth 23-March-1912
Place of Birth Wyrzysk
(Poland, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Piła County, Gmina Wyrzysk)
Nationality United States of America, Germany
Also know as Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun, Dr. Wernher Von Braun, Dr. Werner von Braun, Wernher Braun, Wernher Magnus Maximilian von Braun, Von Braun
Profession Rocket scientist, Physicist, Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Writer
  • Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.
Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun was a German rocket engineer and space architect. He was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany during World War II and, subsequently, in the United States. He is credited as being the "Father of Rocket Science". In his 20s and early 30s, von Braun was the central figure in the Nazis' rocket development program, responsible for the design and realization of the V-2 combat rocket during World War II. After the war, he and some select members of his rocket team were taken to the United States as part of the then-secret Operation Paperclip. Von Braun worked on the United States Army intermediate range ballistic missile program before his group was assimilated by NASA. Under NASA, he served as director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. According to one NASA source, he is "without doubt, the greatest rocket scientist in history". His crowning achievement was to lead the development of the Saturn V booster rocket that helped land the first men on the Moon in July 1969. In 1975 he received the National Medal of Science.

Awards by Wernher von Braun

Check all the awards nominated and won by Wernher von Braun.


National Medal of Science for Engineering
(For his work in making the liquid-fuel rocket a practical launch vehicle and for individual contributions to a series of advanced space vehicles, culminating in the Saturn series that made the Apollo program possible.)


Retro Hugo Award for Best Related Work
Honored for : Conquest of the Moon

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Award Nominated Nominated Work
Retro Hugo Award for Best Related Work Conquest of the Moon