Aerospace Engineer and Scientist
Wilhelm Angele was born Wednesday, February 8, 1905, in Memmingen, Germany to Wilhelm Angele Sr. and Magdalena Wilhelm Angele.
As a young man, Mr. Angele completed an apprenticeship and became an electrician. Mr. Angele then attended The Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg in the late 1920s. After graduation, he was employed as an engineer by Siemens in Berlin, to develop a way to make color film for the German cinema industry. He was later employed by chemical and film giant, AFGA.
Mr. Angele was part of a team of german engineers and rocket scientists, who developed control systems for V2 rockets for the Nazis in World War II.
In 1946, Mr. Angele was asked by Wernher von Braun to join his elite group of german scientists and technicians that had been recruited by the United States, so that their technical skills could be utilized to develop rockets for the U.S.
From this time on, the many history-making accomplishments in the life of Wilhelm Angele make it somewhat overwhelming in attempting to compile a short biography. At the time of his passing, obituaries were published in numerous major newspapers such as The New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, Sarasota Herald-Tribune and others. A much more detailed biography appears in Wikipedia, along with other links to published material concerning his specific achievements.
His participation in the development of gyroscopes, guidance systems for rockets, aircraft, spacecraft, his patents for ribbon cables, and his countless contributions to the success of the U.S. Space Program should be noted, because benefits of his work touch millions of lives, daily. He won many prestigious awards from the technical industries that he was associated with.
His wife of 52 years, Hildegard Zimmermann Angele preceded him in death. Wilhelm and Hildegard Angele had two daughters.
Mr. Angele died Thursday, August 22, 1996, in Richmond, Virginia, at age 91.
Obituary by Gene Hill
Hildegard Zimmermann Angele
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