Allen E. Puckett

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Aerospace

For their technological contributions and leadership in the initiation and development of geostationary communications satellites, significantly improving worldwide communications and giving the United States international preeminence in the construction of commercial satellites.

For their technological contributions and leadership in the initiation and development of geostationary communications satellites, significantly improving worldwide communications and giving the United States international preeminence in the construction of commercial satellites.

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Birth
July 25, 1919
Age Awarded
66
Awarded With
Harold Rosen
Country of Birth
USA
Key Contributions
Commercial Satellite Production
Geostationary Satellite
Awarded by
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Education
California Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Areas of Impact
Transportation
Communication & Information
Affiliations
Hughes Aircraft Company
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Early in his career, Allen E. Puckett’s Ph.D. research laid the foundation for designing triangular-shaped delta wings found on aircraft, such as supersonic fighter jets, the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and the Space Shuttle orbiter. Puckett’s delta wing theory, which predicts the aerodynamics of supersonic aircraft, continues to be applied in the production of modern aircraft.

After receiving his Ph.D., Puckett joined Hughes Aircraft Corp., switching his area of research to electronics. At Hughes, Puckett was instrumental in bringing about a new era in satellite communications. He championed the development of the world’s first geosynchronous satellite, allowing the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games to be broadcast live to the world.

During the 1950s, Puckett was one of the United States’ top defense and technology officials. He pioneered the technology of the long-range radar guided missile and missile defense systems, and worked on a number of defense related projects for the U.S. government. 

By Jen Santisi

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