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
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