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Gerhard B. Heller Collection

Identifier: MC-128

Scope and Contents

Research papers, NASA publications, Technical Society reports. Mostly reprints.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1963 - 1967

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.

Biographical / Historical

Gerhard B. Heller (Jan 24, 1914 to Oct 1, 1972) attended the Institute of Technology Darmstadt, earning his physical chemistry BS in 1938 and his MS in 1940. Heller worked at Peenemünde from 1940 to 1945, and he arrived at Fort Bliss on December 6, 1945.

"Beginning in 1951, the first year of the University of Alabama Redstone Arsenal Institute of Graduate Studies, Gerhard Heller was a lecturer in thermodynamics" (Lundquist).

By 1965, Heller was employed at the Marshall Space Flight Center. By February 1969, Heller became the Chief of the Marshall Space Flight Center's Space Thermodynamics Division of the Space Sciences Laboratory.

Heller died in an automobile accident in 1972. Heller's wife established the Gerhard B. Heller Memorial Scholarship.


Lundquist, Charles. "Transplanted Rocket Pioneers," 2015.


1 Linear foot (1 box)

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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