Walter Dornberger

1895 - 1980

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Major-General Dr. Walter Robert Dornberger (6 September 1895 – 26 June 1980) was a German Army artillery officer whose career spanned World War I and World War II. He was a leader of Nazi Germany's V-2 rocket programme and other projects at the Peenemünde Army Research Centre. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Dornberger has received more than 328,856 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Walter Dornberger is the 66th most popular engineer (down from 54th in 2019), the 1,277th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,149th in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Engineer.

Walter Dornberger was a German engineer who was the head of the Nazi's rocket program. He was most famous for overseeing the production of the V-2 rocket, which was the first ballistic missile used in combat.

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Among engineers, Walter Dornberger ranks 66 out of 389Before him are Immanuel Nobel, Banū Mūsā, Valentin Glushko, Kurt Gerstein, Nikolay Zhukovsky, and Hans Kammler. After him are Paul Cornu, Jimmy Doolittle, Marcel Dassault, Colin Chapman, Petrus Peregrinus de Maricourt, and Su Song.

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Among people born in 1895, Walter Dornberger ranks 76Before him are Jean Giono, Ferdinand Čatloš, Wilhelm Gustloff, Prince Pierre, Duke of Valentinois, Vinoba Bhave, and Jack Dempsey. After him are Lin Yutang, Kiril, Prince of Preslav, Paul Muni, Shote Galica, Kurt Schumacher, and Henry de Montherlant. Among people deceased in 1980, Walter Dornberger ranks 56Before him are Pascual Jordan, V. V. Giri, Robert Whittaker, Mohammad Hatta, Philipp, Landgrave of Hesse, and Patrick Depailler. After him are Mario Bava, Kazimierz Kuratowski, Stanisława Walasiewicz, Tôn Đức Thắng, Ian Curtis, and Heinz Linge.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Walter Dornberger ranks 1,277 out of 7,253Before him are Rudi Dutschke (1940), Maria Sophia of Neuburg (1666), Gerberga of Saxony (913), Charles III Philip, Elector Palatine (1661), Luz Long (1913), and Werner Haase (1900). After him are Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1680), Ernst Lindemann (1894), Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Germany (1262), Til Schweiger (1963), Siegfried Kracauer (1889), and Erwin Piscator (1893).

Among ENGINEERS In Germany

Among engineers born in Germany, Walter Dornberger ranks 12Before him are Albert Göring (1895), Hugo Junkers (1859), Felix Wankel (1902), Ernst Heinkel (1888), Arthur Scherbius (1878), and Kurt Gerstein (1905). After him are John A. Roebling (1806), Alexander Lippisch (1894), Claude Dornier (1884), Christian Otto Mohr (1835), Erich Topp (1914), and Gustave Whitehead (1874).