William R. Sears Award Winner

William Rees Sears (March 1, 1913 - October 12, 2002) was a notable aeronautical engineer and educator. William R. Sears was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of William and Gertrude Sears. He earned his BS degree from the University of Minnesota in 1934. Following this, he enrolled at Caltech to study under Theodore von Kármán, director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory (GALCIT). There he met von Kármán's secretary, Mabel Rhodes and they were soon married. Sears was awarded his PhD in 1938, writing a thesis concerning airfoils in non-steady motion, a work that laid the foundations for future developments in that field. In 1937, Sears was appointed instructor in aeronautics at Caltech, and in 1940, he was promoted to assistant professor. Several of his colleagues in these years included Qian Xuesen and Frank Malina. Through von Kármán’s friendship with Jack Northrop, Sears became involved in consulting on aerodynamic problems at Northrop Aircraft In 1941, Sears accepted Jack Northrop’s offer to be chief of aerodynamics and flight testing.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 1st, 1913
Date of death
October 12th, 2002 at age of 89
Place of death
Tucson, Arizona, United States of America


1. University of Minnesota Colleges/University

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (U of M) is a public research university located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the fourth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 52,557 students in 2011–2012.

Institution info

Type Flagship university
2013. 1.78 bil. $
2006. 2.22 bil. $
Institution colors
231 Pillsbury Drive S.E., 55455 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013. 5,544
2010. 33,607
2009. 33,236
2013. 45,982
2010. 18,114
Acceptance rate
2012. 49.5 %
2011. 47.8 %
2010. 47.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 13.6 K $
2011. 13 K $
2010. 12.3 K $
2009. 11.5 K $
2008. 10.8 K $
Official web page www.umn.edu
Wikipedia article
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People attended University of Minnesota connected by profession and/or age

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b. 1988., Award Winner
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2. California Institute of Technology Colleges/University

The California Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Caltech) is a private research university located in Pasadena, California, United States. Caltech has six academic divisions with strong emphases on science and engineering. Its 124-acre (50 ha) primary campus is located approximately 11 mi (18 km) northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Type Private school
2012. 1.87 bil. $
Institution colors
1200 East California Blvd, 91125 - Pasadena, California
2013. 977
2011. 978
2010. 967
2009. 947
2005. 900
2013. 1,204
2011. 1,253
2010. 1,208
Acceptance rate
2014. 8.0 %
2013. 10.6 %
2012. 11.8 %
2010. 13.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 41.5 K $
2010. 35 K $
Official web page www.caltech.edu
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended California Institute of Technology connected by profession and/or age

b. 1911., Award Winner
b. 1915., Award Winner
b. 1948., Award Winner
b. 1925., Award Winner
b. 1947., Award Winner
b. 1921., Award Winner
b. 1946., Award Winner
b. 1975., Award Winner

Awards won

1995 NAS Award in Aeronautical Engineering

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
National Academy of Sciences

1989 ASME Medal

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with


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