Clark, John D. (1907-88)
Papers, ca. 1923-88, 4.0 cu. ft.
Rocket fuel developer; chief chemist at the Naval Air Rocket Test Station and its successor, the Liquid Propulsion Laboratory at the Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, New Jersey (1949-70). Received a B.S. from Cal Tech (1930); M.S., University of Wisconsin (1932); PhD, Stanford University (1934). Under Clark's direction, a new family of storable high-energy liquid propellants later used in the Apollo program was developed by Navy civilian scientists in 1959. Author of Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants (1972) and numerous science fiction stories. Papers include correspondence, drafts of scientific and science fiction publications, notes, an unpublished typescript memoir, photographs, diaries (1923-84), and news clippings.