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Ober, Shatswell



  • Existence: 1894 - 1985

Biographical Note

Shatswell Ober, 1894-1985, was professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his undergraduate degree from MIT in 1916. Ober taught at MIT as an assistant professor, 1922-1929; associate professor, 1929-1948; and full professor from 1948 until his retirement in 1959.1 While at MIT, Ober oversaw tests conducted in the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel to resolve aerodynamic design problems in aviation. In 1933, he contributed to the development of the Burlington Zephyr, America’s first diesel-powered high-speed train, by conducting tests on a five-foot-scale model of the train in the MIT wind tunnel to evaluate the train’s aerodynamics.2)

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Report of the President 1985-1986, Reports to the President, 1986,

2. Allison MacLachlan, “The Silver Streak,” MIT Technology Review, February 22, 2011,

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Shatswell Ober personal archives

Identifier: MC-0726
Scope and Contents

Teaching notes and research notes of Shatswell Ober, professor of aeronautical engineering.

Dates: 1939 - 1963