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Robert J. Naumann Collection

Identifier: MC-134


  • 2020


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.


16 Linear Feet (16 boxes.)

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Robert “Bob” Naumann heard about the atomic bomb and Dr. von Braun’s rockets at the age of 10, deciding at even that early age that the areas of rocketry and nuclear physics would be his fields of study. After graduating from UA, Dr. Naumann joined the Explorer 1 project and was given the freedom to research anything pertaining to the mission.

Realizing the lack of research regarding meteorites, Dr. Naumann built an experiment that would fly on Explorer 1, comprising a small microphone attached to the skin of the satellite that would register meteorite impacts. After his time with the project was over, Dr. Naumann would go on to work at NASA for 30 years, as well as teach at UAH in the material sciences program from 1990 to 2008.

Adapted from "UAH PRC's celebration of Explorer 1 introduces young minds to aerospace veterans" at

For more biographical information about Robert Naumann, click here. For UAH's Oral History Interview with Naumann, click here.


Byrne, Matthew. "UAH PRC's celebration of Explorer 1 introduces young minds to aerospace veterans." UAH News, 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert Naumann.

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.



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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