|Earnest C. Smith, Sr. (l) and Earnest C. Smith, Jr. in 1975|
As a consequence, I would like to honor a person who made major contributions at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a U.S. government agency responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research.
Smith holds a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (1956) and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville (1964). He is a former high school Mathematics instructor at Coleman High School in Pine Bluff and a 1963 Fellow of the National Science Foundation. He joined the Marshal Space Flight Center in 1964 as a decorated colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves.
|Smith and team view controls at NASA.|
In 1989, Smith and NASA were issued patent #4,821,425 for a cylindrical surface profile and diameter measuring tool. This invention is basically a metric, tamper-proof, stainless steel mounting fastener. Only 3,774 patents have been issued to NASA in its history which began in 1958.
|Smith is a scientist and inventor.|
|NASA Partnership with Alabama A&M|
|Smith on field at football game, Alabama A&M University vs University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff|
|Bessie and Earnest Smith, Sr.|
Wingcom Watchdog salutes this space pioneer who made major contributions to science.
(Photos provided by Earnest C. Smith, Jr.)