Helmut G. Heinrich papers
Scope and Content
The collection documents the professional career of Dr. Helmut G. Heinrich, noted aerospace engineer, parachute technology researcher, and professor at the University of Minnesota.
The collection has been arranged into the following series: Contracts, Correspondence, Course Notes, Data and Research, Meetings and Business Trips, and Reports.
Material dated after his death is primarily related to educational coursework offered by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) under Prof. Heinrich's name or additional research material included in the collection prior to being transferred to the archives.
- Heinrich, Helmut G., 1910-1979 (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English and German
Use of Materials
Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.
Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.
Helmut G. Heinrich, 1910-1979, was an internationally recognized expert in aeronautical engineering and a specialist in aeronautical deceleration and supersonic parachute design. He held a B.E. (1931) in mechanical engineering from the State Engineering College, Stettin, Germany, and a B.E. (1936) in aeronautical engineering from the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. Professor Heinrich completed a M.E. (1938) in aeronautical engineering and a doctorate of engineering (D.Eng., 1943) also from the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany.
Heinrich's first appointment was as project engineer and later as section chief at the Graf Zeppelin Research Institution, Stuttgart, Germany, in 1935. From 1940 to 1946 he was head of the Department of Aerodynamics at the Graf Zeppelin Research Institution. After the war, Heinrich came to the United States as part of the Department of Defense's program to recruit German scientists and reconstruct their scientific work in the U.S. Beginning with his arrival in the U.S. until 1956, Heinrich served as a technical adviser to the Parachute Branch of the Equipment Laboratory at the Wright Air Development Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.
Heinrich came to the University of Minnesota in 1956 where he served as professor of aeronautical engineering in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in the Institute of Technology until his death in 1979. During his tenure, Heinrich was awarded numerous government grants totaling nearly $3.5 million to fund the design of parachutes for NASA's Gemini space capsule and for the Viking program that sent two probes to the surface of Mars.
Heinrich is the author of over 130 scientific publications. His honors and awards include the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences Thurman H. Bane Award (1954), induction as a Fellow to both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Royal Aeronautical Society of Great Britain in 1969, recipient of the Institute of Technology Distinguished Teaching Award (1972), and the first American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerodynamics Deceleration Systems Award, received the day before his death in 1979.
57 Cubic Feet (47 boxes (45 record carton; 1 hollinger; 1 oversize))
Collection contains the research, reports, correspondence, and course notes of Helmut G. Heinrich, professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota.
The collection has been arranged into the following series:
- Course Notes
- Data and Research
- Meetings and Business Trips
Source of acquisition
The Helmut G. Heinrich papers were initially donated to the Science and Engineering Library under the direction of Prof. William L. Garrard in 1991. In 2006 the collection was transferred to the University of Minnesota Archives.
Collection is processed.
- Aerospace engineering. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- Parachutes. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- University of Minnesota. Department of Aerospace, Engineering and Mechanics
- University of Minnesota. Institute of Technology
- Helumt G. Heinrich papers
- Jenny Filipi
- April 2011
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
- October 2020: Digital Objects Added; Notes updated
Collecting Area Details
Contact The University Archives Collecting Area