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Helmut Krause Collection

Identifier: MC-9
Collections of aeronautical technical reports written by Krause and others (hardback and paperback), pages of handwritten arithmetic.


  • 1933 - 1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.


6 Linear Feet (6 boxes.)

Biographical / Historical

Helmut Gottlieb Louis Krause was born November 10, 1911. He earned his MS and PhD in astronomy, physics, mathematics, and geophysics in 1938 at Albertus University, Königsberg, East Prussia.

Krause worked as a scientific assistant at the Observatory of Königsberg from April 1937 to February 1945. He was a Russian prisoner of war at Graudenz, West Prussia from March to November 1945.

Krause worked at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama from 1957 until his retirement in 1990. Mathematically gifted, Krause wrote prolifically regarding rocket ballistics, supersonic aerodynamics, aerodynamic heat transfer, free-flight dynamics, and theories of celestial bodies. Krause received the first Ernst Heinkel Space Flight Award in 1951 and would be honored by Werner von Braun during his tenure at NASA.

Krause died February 18, 2003 in Texas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Helmut Krause, 1995.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.



Megan Sullivan
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America