Goddard Rocketry Volume Published by SI

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The Smithsonian publishes Dr. Robert H. Goddard's "A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes" in volume 71 of the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. It will become one of the fundamental works in theoretical rocketry. In 1916, Goddard, a professor at Clark College, wrote to the Smithsonian Institution, requesting funding for his research in rocketry. On January 5, 1917, upon the recommendation of Assistant Secretary Charles Greeley Abbot, Secretary Charles Doolittle Walcott awarded Goddard a grant of $5000. from the Hodgkins Fund to support his research. Goddard credited the Smithsonian with giving him the financial support he needed to bring his research and experimentation to fruition in the first modern rocket.


  • Goddard, Robert Hutchings 1882-1945
  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • Abbot, C. G (Charles Greeley) b. 1872
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections (Publication)
  • Hodgkins Fund and Medal
  • Clark College


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1920, p. 15-16, 118.
  • Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 59.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


December 30, 1919


  • Grants-in-aid
  • Serial publications
  • Museums
  • Rocketry
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Museum publications

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