Draper, Charles Stark

Draper, Charles Stark

(1901–87) engineer, inventor; born in Windsor, Mo. A generalist with degrees from Stanford, Harvard, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he became head of MIT's instrumentation laboratory in 1939. There he developed gyroscopes for weapons systems and, eventually, guidance systems for missiles and spacecraft, including the Apollo moon project.
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