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.
Gift of Jacques B. Hadler
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