Henry J.E. Reid

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Henry J.E. Reid (1895-1968) graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1919 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. After a brief stint in private industry, he joined NACA's Langley Aeronautical Laboratory in 1921 as one of the small group of engineers and scientists on the professional staff there. His principal field of research was the design and improvement of basic instruments for flight research. He became Director of the Center in 1926 and presided over the extensive growth that accompanied its development as a leading aeronautical and space research facility. He served in this capacity until 1960. He then served as the Center Senior Staff Associate to Dr. Floyd Thompson (Director of Langley Research Center, now part of NASA) until retiring in 1961. ("Henry J. E. Reid," biographical file, Lek 8/13/9 #001778, NASA Historical Reference Collection, NASA History Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.) Pearl I. Young (1895-1968), the NACA's first female professional, worked side-by-side with Henry Reid when she was assigned to the Instrument Research Division.

The Henry J. E. Reid Award: recognizes an outstanding publication, refereed journal article, or other formal NASA archival media first-authored by a Langley civil service employee, Army employee, or on/near-site contractor, that is based on research primarily performed at Langley.


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