From: Aviation Week
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Wright Brothers, Werhner von Braun Earn Top Ranking as Most Important and Influential Ever in Aviation Weekís "Top 100 Stars of Aerospace" Poll
NEW YORK, NY - In the year commemorating the 100th anniversary of The Wright Brothers historic flight, Wilbur and Orville Wright, followed by Wernher von Braun, Robert Goddard, Leonardo da Vinci, Glenn Curtiss, Charles A. Lindbergh, William L. "Billy" Mitchell, Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, Neil A. Armstrong, Daniel Bernoulli were voted the top 10 luminaries in aviation and aerospace history in a poll of industry professionals unveiled today.
Aviation Weekís Aviation Week's "Top 100 Stars of Aerospace" poll, a first-ever initiative to identify the most important, most interesting and most influential people in the global aerospace community -- past and present - was revealed today at a gala event of industry professionals in Paris.
As voted by their peers, the most important aviation and aerospace personalities of all-time are as follows:
"These men and women are the dreamers and doers who have changed the way we live. Every aspect of modern life is affected because of their accomplishments, inspiration and vision of flight," said Aviation Week Group Executive Vice President/Publisher Kenneth E. Gazzola. "The list is truly global - 20 from France alone - which demonstrates that the desire to go higher and faster is shared by people all over the earth."
Additional information, including biographical sketches and the top three finishers in 15 different categories, is available at www.AviationNow.com.
The Top 100 program, part of Aviation Week's The Next Century of Flight (NCF) education and outreach initiative, is produced in partnership with the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) and its U.S. affiliate, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
The voting website, designed and hosted by IBM, featured more than 760 candidates in 15 categories. To ensure the credibility and professional caliber of the Top 100 results, the ballot was only open to ICAS and AIAA affiliates and members, Aviation Week group subscribers and Next Century of Flight program partners.
About Aviation Week With nearly 50 products and services and a core audience of some one million professionals and enthusiasts, Aviation Week, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, is the world's premier multimedia information and service provider to the aviation and aerospace market. The Next Century of Flight leverages all of the assets of the Aviation Week group to promote aviation education and aerospace careers around the world. The program is currently supported by these partners:
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