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Throughout his life Oberth exhibited an independent streak. ” Oberth’s reply was characteristic of his response to authority throughout his life: “Why? ” In secondary school the young Oberth breezed through physics and mathematics but, partly because of a bout with scarlet fever, had to be tutored in history and Hungarian. As he later reported, “our backward school system also did me something good. ”81 This attitude is far removed from Goddard’s concern about jeopardizing his scientific reputation by releasing his findings before he had achieved experimental results.
68 Throughout his adult life, Goddard kept notebooks that included whimsical reflections and comments, as well as details of his rocket research. In 1944–45 he condensed the more important of these experimental details, which his wife and G. 69 By then his achievements had already been surpassed by the Germans under von Braun and the Malina rocket team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. So his own observations were already mostly of historical interest. But they attest to a remarkable imagination.
Perhaps the $3,000 was likewise repaid, but this is not explained in the Papers. ”23 Meanwhile, Goddard’s initial appeal to the Smithsonian in 1916 produced a response from the secretary, who indicated an interest in “a number of problems” Goddard’s method might solve. Walcott asked how much his device and experiments would cost. 1. They made Goddard one of the best-funded researchers in the United States before World War II. S. 25) Before Goddard could make much further progress with his rocket development, World War I intervened.