The Mendel Medalist for 1930 is Dr. Albert F. Zahm, one of America's pioneers in scientific aeronautics. Dr. Zahm has made a series of inventions in this science, was the first to develop a modern aerodynamic laboratory and has written a history of aerial navigation, as well as a great number of scientific papers and reports. Dr. Zahm, at present, holds the Daniel Guggenheim Chair of Aeronautics in the Library of Congress.
The Mendel Medal Bulletin. Villanova College, Villanova, Pennsylvania, III:12 (1931).
Zahm, Albert Francis, educator; Born in New Lexington, Ohio; Son of J.M. and M.E. (Braddock) Zahm; A.B., University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 1883, A.M., 1885, M.S. 1890; M.E. Cornell, 1892; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1898. Professor of Mathematics University of Notre Dame 1885-1889, mathematics and mechanics, 1890-1892; associate professor mechanics Catholic University of America, 1895-1907, professor, 1907-1908; chief research engineer Curtiss Aeroplane Co., 1914-1915; director Aerodynamical Laboratory, USN, 1916-1929; in charge of aeronautics division Library of Congress, 1930-1946, occupying the Guggenheim chair of aeronautics. Del. International Conference Aerial Navigation, 1893, 1900. Recipient Laetare medal University of Notre Dame, 1925, Mendel Medal Villanova College, 1930. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Philos. Society of Washington, Washington Academy of Sciences, Institute of Aero. Sciences. Author: Treatise on Aerial Navigation; booklet on Early Powerplane Fathers; also many technical papers on aerial research. Address: Cosmos Club, Washington. Died July 23, 1954; buried Community Cemetery, Notre Dame, Indiana.
Who Was Who in America. Volume III, 1951-1960. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1960, p.948.
1862 - 1954
Pioneer in Aeronautics; Director of Aeronautical Research in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.