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Edward N Hall born (August 4, 1914 - January 15, 2006) in New York City He received a Bachelor in engineering from College of the City of New York in 1935 and a professional degree in chemical engineering in 1936. In 1948, earned a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Hall entered the Air Corps 1939. During World War II he served in England in engineering assignments associated with aircraft repair. His introduction to missiles came near war’s end when he was assigned to acquire intelligence on Germany’s wartime propulsion work.

Hall became Assistant Chief, Non-Rotating Engine Branch, Power Plant Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, where he participated in the development of solid and liquid rocket power plants. In 1951, he was one of four people at Wright Air Development Center (WADC) who were instrumental in the initiation of Project MX-1593, the Atlas program.

In 1954, Hall joined Western Development Division as Chief, Propulsion Development, where he was responsible for the programs leading to development of engines for the Atlas, Titan, and Thor missiles. In 1957, he became director of the Weapon System 315A (Thor) development program and, subsequently, oversaw installation of Thor missiles in England. Hall directed the Weapon System 133A (Minuteman) program until the eve of the missile’s first complete flight test.

Edward Hall was selected to take the lead in designing, developing, producing, and deploying a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile for NATO. Retiring from the Air Force in 1959, Hall joined United Aircraft Corporation.

Edward N Hall died on January 15, 2006


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