Dr. George Gjora Herzl
Born in 1926. His college degrees were: BSEE, 1949 from University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia; MSME, 1952, from Israel Institute of Technology; MS Applied Physics, 1958, from Arizona State University; and PhD in Applied Mechanics, 1962 from Technical University of Darmstadt. His work experience included Chemed Works, Haifa, Israel, where he did the development of military and laboratory mechanisms and equipment (12/50 to 6/54), RCA, where he worked on the development of a card to magnetic tape transcribing mechanism (6/54 to 12/56), General Electric working on the advanced development of magnetic tape station (12/56 to 2/59), Ampex (3/59 to 4/59), IBM in San Jose, Germany and Switzerland doing experimental and analytical analysis of a self-excited oscillator and positioning device (4/59 to 9/60), Philco (1/63 to 8/65) where he worked on various spacecraft mechanisms, and then Lockheed Martin Space Systems from 10/65 on. At the time of hiring onto Lockheed, George had written 30 technical papers, had one patent, and his professional engineer’s license. He had training as a watchmaker, and belonged to the American Watchmaker Society.
Each year a plaque is awarded to the author of the “Best Paper.” The award is based on both paper content and presentation. This award was established in honor of Dr. George Herzl of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., a co-founder of the Aerospace Mechanisms Symposia. At the 43rd symposium, the Herzl award was presented by Dr. Herzl’s daughter Nadine. This table lists the previous winners of past symposiums.