Wernher von Braun
German-American rocket scientist (1912-1977)
Wernher Von Braun was a key figure in the development of America's rocket technology. German by birth, he led the Nazi rocket program and invented the notorious V-2 rocket bomb. As WWII came to an end, he surrendered to the Americans. He became a naturalized American citizen and led the development of NASA's rocket technology until his retirement in 1972.
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