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Corson, Blake W.


Biographical Note

Family History Blake Wilson Corson was born in Cumberland Virginia In 1874. Wilson Corson had five sisters. Corson attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1895. Corson married Anne Mason "Annie" White on April 23, 1907.

Blake Wilson Corson, Jr., was born to Blake Wilson Corson (1874-1962) and Anne Mason Corson (1874-1968) on October 1st in 1908 in Henrico, Virginia. Corson had two youngers sisters Juidith Parker (born July 20, 1911) and Georgina White (born June 26, 1915). Blake W. Corson, Jr. married Shirley Huxter (1921-2014) on December 6, 1947. They had one daughter.

Corson, Jr.'s father died in 1962. Blake Wilson Corson was buried with Grace Episcopal Church. Anne Corson died in 1968; she was buried next to her spouse.

Blake W. Corson, Jr. died at 83 on December 23, 1991. He was survived by his wife and daughter. Corson was burried in Peninsula Memorial Park Newport News. Shirley Corson died in 2014 at the age of 93.

Education and Work Blake W. Corson, Jr., graduated from John Marshall High School. Corson, Jr., attended the University of Richmond and earned a B.S. in Mathmatics and Physics in 1932. In 1935 Corson, Jr., began working with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and the Natioanl Aeronautical and Space Association. Corson, Jr., retired in 1972.

Degrees and Universities University of Richmond B.S. Mathmatics B.S. Physics

Patents: Cascade Plug Nozzle, Filed :1974, 07, 12, Publication: 1976, 02, 17 Nozzle: Filed: 1960, 05 , 23; Publication: 1961,12,12

Publications: "The Aerodynamics of a Wind Tunnel Fan." NASA. 1941. "Model Tests of a Wing-Duct System for Auxiliary Air Supply." NASA. 1941. "The Belt Method for Measuring Pressure Distribution." NASA. 1943. "Cooling Characteristics of a Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Engine Installed in an NACA Short-nose High-inlet-velocity Cowling." NASA. 1944. "Analysis of Propeller Efficiency Losses Associated with Heated-air Thermal De-icing." NASA. 1946. "The Effect of Simulated Icing on Propeller Performance." NASA. 1946. "Investigation of the Effect of a Tip Modification and Thermal De-icing Air Flow on Propeller Performance." NASA. 1946. "A Review Of Propeller Theory" NASA. 1948. "The Langley 2,000 Horsspower propeller Dynamometer and Tests at High Speed of an NACA 10-(3)(08)-03 Two Blade Propeller". NASA. 1952. "Static Thrust of an Annular Nozzle with a Concave Central Base." NASA. 1960. "Transonic Thrust and Drag Characteristics of an Annular Nozzle Having a Semitoroidal Concave Plug." NASA. 1964. "Summary of Research on Jet Exit Installations." NASA. 1966. "Calibration of the Langley 16-Foot Transonic Tunnel with Test Section Air Removal." NASA. 1974.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Blake W. Corson, Jr., Papers

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: Acc-1990-889

Blake W. Corson, Jr., Papers

Identifier: Ms-1990-055

The Blake W. Corson, Jr., Papers are comprised of professional and personal files, correspondence, and published materials from 1861-1984 (bulk, 1934-1979), primarily relating to his career as an engineer at NASA Langley.

Dates: 1861 - 1984; Majority of material found within 1934 - 1979