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Aldrin, Edwin Eugene, Sr., 1896-1974



  • Existence: April 12, 1896 - December 28, 1974

Biographical Information

Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Sr., known as Gene, was born in 1896. He attended Clark University, graduating in 1915. There, he studied under Robert Goddard, who encouraged Aldrin's interest in aviation. Aldrin received his doctorate in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He married Marion Moon, and the couple later had a son and a daughter.

Aldrin became a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and later founded the Aeronautical Engineering School, which became the Air Force Institute of Technology. He made the first transatlantic dirigible round trip in the Hindenburg. He later became an oil executive. He passed away at the age of 78.


"Edwin E. Aldrin Sr., 78, is Dead; Aviator was Astronaut's Father." New York Times. January 2, 1975.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Aldrin Family papers

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSP 18
Scope and Contents The Aldrin Family papers include an autobiography of Robert Hutchings Goddard, letters, notes, and newspaper articles relating to Robert Goddard and rocketry, compiled by Edwin E. Aldrin, Sr, father of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The papers are organized into three series.
Dates: 1929-2007; Other: Date acquired: 12/09/2006

Clifford W. Henderson Collection on the National Air Races

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 308
Scope and Contents Clifford Henderson Collection on the National Air Races consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings of the 1928 National Air Races and Aeronautical Exposition, two autograph albums with comments and signatures of attendees from the 1929 and 1932 National Air Race competitions, and one photo album of the photographs from the 1929 races. Many of the notable pilots of the 1920s and 1930s are included in the collection, such as Pancho Barnes, Vincent Bendix, Amelia Earhart, Roscoe Turner, Elvy...
Dates: 1928 - 1936