James R. Hansen


James R. Hansen

James R. Hansen is a professor of history at Auburn University in Alabama.[1] His book From the Ground Up won the History Book Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1988. For his work, The Wind and Beyond (NASA) - (six-volume series), he was awarded the Eugene Ferguson Prize for Outstanding Reference Work by the Society for the History of Technology in 2005.


Hansen is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1] He received his B.A. from Indiana University.[1] He also received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.[1] Hansen serves on the Leadership Board of For All Moonkind, Inc. a nonprofit organization committed to developing a legal framework to manage and protect human cultural heritage in space.


  • First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (Simon & Schuster, 2005, 2012), authorized biography of Neil Armstrong,[2] received the American Astronautical Society's Prize for Astronautical Literature.[3] The book is the basis for the 2018 film First Man.
  • A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf (Gotham Penguin, 2014).[4] The book was awarded the Herbert Warren Wind Award by the United States Golf Association as the best golf book of the year.[5]
  • The Bird Is on the Wing (Texas A&M University Press)[6]
  • The Wind and Beyond (NASA) - (six-volume series)[7] The book was awarded the Eugene Ferguson Prize for Outstanding Reference Work by the Society for the History of Technology in 2005[8]
  • Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: The Inside Story of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster - May 2009 (University Press of Florida), co-author Allan J. McDonald.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d "James R. Hansen - Department of History - College of Liberal Arts". Auburn University. April 12, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "James R. Hansen papers on Neil Armstrong, 1955-2011". Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ Richelson, Jeffrey T. (2016-03-02). "Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Awards". American Astronautical Society. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  4. ^ "'A Difficult Par' by James R. Hansen". Cybergolf. April 29, 1912. Retrieved May 18, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Herbert Warren Wind Book Award Winners". USGA. 2016-02-20. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  6. ^ Hansen, J.R. (2004). The Bird Is on the Wing: Aerodynamics and the Progress of the American Airplane. Centennial of flight series. Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 978-1-58544-243-0. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  7. ^ https://history.nasa.gov/SP-4409_1.pdf The Wind and Beyond: A Documentary Journey into the History of Aerodynamics in America
  8. ^ "History Of Technology: Ferguson Prize". History Of Technology. March 1, 2015. Archived from the original on June 7, 2017. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "NSS Review: Truth, Lies, and O-Rings". National Space Society. January 28, 1986. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Becker, Michael; Service, MSU News (May 8, 2009). "Engineer who warned of trouble before Challenger disaster to sign books today". Montana State University. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Engineer Who Opposed Challenger Launch Offers Personal Look at Tragedy". NASA. January 28, 1986. Retrieved May 19, 2016.