The collection contains working papers,
articles, proposals, and other documents on solar sails created by Carl A. Wiley, an
engineer and mathematician that authored one of the first accounts of how solar sails could
be assembled in orbit and used as spacecraft propulsion devices.
Carl A. Wiley was an American mathematician and engineer born on December 30, 1918, in
Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated in 1944 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from
Antioch College, followed by graduate coursework through the Ohio State University Extension
Program. He began working at the Air Force Aircraft Radiation Laboratory at Wright Field in
1941, rising from an engineer to becoming the Section Chief of the Research Advancement Unit
by 1949. From 1949-1953 he worked at Goodyear Aerophysics, where he invented the first
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). He then founded his own company, Wiley Electronics, where he
worked from 1953-1963, followed by positions at North American Aviation, Rockwell
International, and the Hughes Aircraft Company.
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