Jacques B. Hadler Oral History Interview

February 7, 1999
Oral History #OH0174
Lennon, Donald R.; Hadler, Jacques B.
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0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiocassettes, 1.75 hours
Preferred Citation
Jacques B. Hadler Oral History Interview (#OH0174), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Commander Hadler reports on his childhood and schooling in rural North Dakota and his engineering success as a midshipman at the USNA, before being designated as a member of Club 23 due to vision problems. He was subsequently assigned to postgraduate school in naval architecture at the USNA and eventually he was sent to MIT for further study in that field. During World War II he worked at the Bureau of Ships examining war damage to ships and then to the San Francisco Naval Shipyard for actual shipyard experience. Due to a lesion on his lung, he was unable to receive a commission in the regular Navy and received an appointment to the David Taylor Model Basin as a civilian engineer. He comments on his involvement in the testing and development of hydrodynamics, the improvement of propeller design and improvements in the hydrodynamic design of submarines. He spent seventeen years as head of hydrodynamics at David Taylor Model Basin and made major breakthroughs in the design of ship propulsion. In 1978 he joined Webb Institute as head of research and professor of Naval Architecture, eventually becoming dean.

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Gift of Jacques B. Hadler

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Personal Names
Hadler, Jacques B.
Corporate Names
Naval Surface Warfare Center (U.S.). Carderock Division--Employees
United States Naval Academy--History
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Webb Institute of Naval Architecture--Administration
Deans (Education)--New York (State)--Glen Cove
Engineers--United States--Interviews