On November 8, 2018 Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and President of the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French Space Agency, received the prestigious International Von Karman Wings Award presented by the Aerospace Historical Society and Graduate Aerospace Laboratories California Institute of Technology, at Caltech’s Athenaeum.
Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Incoming IAF President and IAF Vice-President for Communications, Publications and Global Conferences, was present to honour Dr. Le Gall.
Dr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Vikram Sarabhai Professor at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was also award with the International Von Karman Wings Award.
The Aerospace Historical Society and the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology have a rich heritage in the preservation of the world history of aerospace and in the recognition of renowned aerospace pioneers. Since 1985 the Society has honored many aerospace pioneers with the International von Kármán Wings Award.
The Aerospace Historical Society established an Academic Scholarship in 2010 in memory of its founder Dr. Shirley Thomas. The award is presented annually at the International von Kármán Wings Award banquet to a student in aerospace engineering or a related science that shows promise for continued future contributions to the field.
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