Malina, Frank Joseph (Aerospace Engineer, Rocketry Pioneer, Artist)
- Existence: 1912 - 1981
Background: Caltech Assistant Professor of Aeronautics, 1942-1946; Research Fellow, 1940-1942; Co-founder GALCIT Rocket Research Project; Co-founder Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL); Caltech alumnus (M.S., 1935 and 1936; Ph.D., 1940).
Collection Notes: Oral history, 1978. This 27-page oral history focuses on Malina's work with rockets at Caltech in the late 1930s and his role as a founder of JPL. There is a short section on his life after moving to Paris.
Papers, 1912-1981 (on microfiche--originals on deposit at the Library of Congress). Notes on rocket propulsion, early technical papers, manuscripts, and reports dealing with jet propulsion and rocket projectiles, Aerojet correspondence and documents, files from his Caltech graduate student days, and correspondence with individuals and organizations, including the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) of which Malina was a founding member and early president. The latter part of the collection documents Malina's involvement in the art world, and in particular the interdisciplinary art journal Leonardo which Malina started in 1967.
Collection size: 624 microfiche cards.
Finding aid available.
Photo of Frank J. Malina (PhotoNet).
Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:
Includes general material as well as Memoir on the GALCIT Rocket Research Project, 1936-1938; and PhD thesis (original typescript), 1940.