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    AIAA Mourns the Death of Artur Mager

    Fellow Emeritus and Past President of AIAA


    February 23, 2017 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) mourns the death of Artur Mager, former president of AIAA, retired group vice president of engineering at The Aerospace Corporation, and an independent aerospace consultant. Mager was 97 years old.

    “Artur Mager’s insights and work did much to advance our community’s understanding of turbulent flow aerodynamics, as well as to advance the state of the U.S. missile and rocket programs,” said AIAA President Jim Maser. “AIAA thanks him for his leadership of the Institute. While we mourn his death, we are grateful for all he did to shape the future of aerospace.”

    Born in Niegłowice, Poland, Mager immigrated to the United States in 1939. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering, and enlisted in the U.S. Army for the duration of World War II, where he served both in the Field Artillery and in counterintelligence. He began his career in aerospace in 1946, working as an aeronautical research scientist at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ (NACA) Lewis Laboratories (now the NASA Glenn Research Center) in Cleveland, Ohio. Mager left NACA to pursue his doctorate in aeronautics and physics at the California Institute of Technology, from which he graduated in 1953. In 1954 he became a research scientist at Marquardt Corporation in Van Nuys, California, where he worked until 1960. In 1960, he became director of the National Engineering Science Company in Pasadena, California, until 1961, when he left to become director of spacecraft science at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. Mager spent the rest of his career at The Aerospace Corporation, rising to vice president and general manager of the company’s Engineering Group in 1978. Mager retired from The Aerospace Corporation in 1982, becoming a consultant. As a consultant, Mager worked with the Los Alamos National Laboratories, NASA, the National Research Council (NRC), and the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Mager served on several boards and committees during his career, including NASA’s Committee on Missile and Space Aerodynamics from 1963 to 1965 and NASA’s Advisory Council from 1982 to 1986. He also chaired NASA’s Space Applications Advisory Council from 1982 to 1986. He was a member of the NRC’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board from 1982 to 1988.

    Mager was elected a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering. The National Academy of Engineering elected him to membership in 1977. The University of Michigan named Mager a Distinguished Alumni in 1969 and the Air Force Association named him a Jimmy Doolittle Fellow in 1985. The California Institute of Technology annually presents the Artur Mager Prize in Engineering to “a senior in engineering who has shown excellence in scholarship and the promise of an outstanding professional career.”

    Mager also did notable volunteer work with the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, the California Association for the Retarded, and the Developmental Disabilities Board of Los Angeles County.


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