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George W. Lewis

George W. Lewis (1882-1948) graduated from Sibley College of Engineering and received his Masters of Engineering from Cornell in 1908. In 1919, Lewis joined the NACA as Executive Officer and was named Director of Aeronautical Research five years later. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1947. During this period, he was chiefly responsible for the rapid expansion that the NACA underwent, especially starting in the mid-1930s with the rearmament of Europe. In this period of tremendous growth for NACA, Lewis oversaw the X-1 program from the government end, and although he retired before the testing had been completed, he was very much responsible for the success of the program. Due to failing health, Lewis resigned after having served the NACA for twenty-eight years as an inspiring leader. See "George W. Lewis," biographical file, NASA Historical Reference Collection.


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