John Houbolt

1919 - 2014

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John Cornelius Houbolt (April 10, 1919 – April 15, 2014) was an aerospace engineer credited with leading the team behind the lunar orbit rendezvous (LOR) mission mode, a concept that was used to successfully land humans on the Moon and return them to Earth. This flight path was chosen for the Apollo program in July 1962. The critical decision to use LOR was viewed as vital to ensuring that man reached the Moon by the end of the decade as proposed by President John F. Kennedy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Houbolt has received more than 151,184 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). John Houbolt is the 336th most popular engineer (down from 331st in 2019), the 9,917th most popular biography from United States (up from 11,603rd in 2019) and the 38th most popular American Engineer.

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Among engineers, John Houbolt ranks 336 out of 389Before her are Octave Chanute, Aldo Costa, Anatoly Blagonravov, Charles Joseph Minard, Leon O. Chua, and Otmar Szafnauer. After her are Chuck Peddle, R. J. Mitchell, Tommy Flowers, Harry Ricardo, Sidney Darlington, and Robert Zubrin.

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Among people born in 1919, John Houbolt ranks 311Before her are Erik Elmsäter, Tim Holt, Mary Midgley, Lawrence Stone, Ernie Kovacs, and André Guelfi. After her are Clifford Truesdell, Betty Garrett, Cecil Green, Folke Alnevik, Edward Brooke, and Karel Senecký. Among people deceased in 2014, John Houbolt ranks 455Before her are Eladio Herrera, Javier Guzmán, Albert Reynolds, Steven R. Nagel, Ghiță Licu, and Violetta Ferrari. After her are Franz Gabl, Anjali Devi, Gyula Sax, Peter Matthiessen, Howard Baker, and Jacques Friedel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, John Houbolt ranks 9,917 out of 20,380Before her are Rand Paul (1963), Bebel Gilberto (1966), John Wells (1956), Robin Hartshorne (1938), DJ Premier (1966), and Roberta Williams (1953). After her are Dana Carvey (1955), Jon Gries (1957), Percy Heath (1923), Josh Hamilton (1969), Helen Sawyer Hogg (1905), and Corbin Bernsen (1954).

Among ENGINEERS In United States

Among engineers born in United States, John Houbolt ranks 38Before her are K. Eric Drexler (1955), Frederick Terman (1900), Hugh Latimer Dryden (1898), Robert H. Dennard (1932), T. Keith Glennan (1905), and Jack Parsons (1914). After her are Chuck Peddle (1937), Sidney Darlington (1906), Robert Zubrin (1952), Tom Dowd (1925), Gordon Bell (1934), and Robert R. Gilruth (1913).