Donald J. Ritchie Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0088
Creators:
Ritchie, Donald Jeanne, 1920-
Dates:
1955-1976
bulk 1960-1970
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
13.08 Cubic Feet
12 records center boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of Ritchie's research files. The material consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, photos, drawings, and Soviet books detailing Russian missile and rocket development during the 1960s. The collection also includes copies of Ritchie's reports during his tenure at Bendix and manuscripts of various chapters of his book 'Rocket and Missile Systems Development in the Soviet Union.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Donald Jeanne Ritchie (1920- ) is a mathematician and physicist who has been active in missile guidance system design and development and in arms control and disarmament studies. He began work as a production engineer at Bell Aircraft Corp (1940-42) before joining the Design Branch of Wright Air Development Center, Wright Field, OH (1942-45), where he participated in preliminary design work on jet aircraft. Following World War II, he attended Wayne University, completing degrees in Mathematics and Physics (BS, 1949) and Applied Mathematics (MS, 1951). He spent most of the next two decades at Bendix's Research Laboratory Division (Senior Mathematician, 1949-54; Project Engineer, 1955-57; Supervisory Mathematician, 1958-65; Assistant Department Head, Surveillance, Navigation, and Guidance, 1965-67) working on missile systems. He spent several brief periods outside Bendix, at Atomic Power Development Associates (Senior Mathematician, 1954-55), Crosley Division, Avco Manufacturing Co (Supervisor, Missile Systems, 1957), and Corvy Division, Melpar Inc, Scientific Analysis Office (Branch Leader, 1957-58). He then joined the faculty of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (now Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) as Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Director of Research, and Chairman of the Aeronautical Engineering Division (1967-?). During this time he also worked as a consultant to the United States Air Force Foreign Technical Intelligence Division and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Baron von Ritchie?, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0088, unknown

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Rockets (Ordnance) -- Soviet Union Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military -- Research Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Rockets (Aeronautics) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Guidance systems Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ballistic missiles Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Reports Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Ritchie, Donald Jeanne, 1920- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bendix Aviation Corp. Research Laboratory Division Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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United States. Air Force. Systems Command. Foreign Technology Division Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
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