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Dean Everett Wooldridge
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Birth: May 30, 1919
Grady County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 2006
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

Missile System Developer. He was a leading systems engineer and co-founder of the national defense aerospace corporation TRW, a top military contractor and designer of the U.S. Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system. He received his formal education from the University of Oklahoma, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in physics and a doctorate degree from the California Institute of Technology. Following the launch of the space satellite Sputnik in 1957 by the Soviet Union, he was appointed as a non government expert to study and evaluate the Soviet Union's nuclear threat capabilities against the United States. His report filed as part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology study, urged President Dwight Eisenhower to develop a land based missile system, to deter and counter the growing Soviet nuclear threat. His work earned him a joint appearance on the cover of "Time" magazine in April 1957, along with TRW co-founder Simon Ramo. Following retirement from government service he took up the study of microbiology. In 1966 he was the author of "The Machinery of Life," a work chronicling the evolution of man and other living organisms. He died at the age of 93 from a pneumonia related illness in a southern California hospital.  
Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: Sep 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15891649
Dean Everett Wooldridge
Added by: PL
Dean Everett Wooldridge
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
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