"His engineering genius, technical direction and leadership have been of significant benefit to Canada. Further, his contributions to the United States space programs have given much credit to his home country of Canada.“
James Arthur Chamberlin joined the engineering staff at Avro Aircraft at Malton, Ontario in 1946 where he became Chief Aerodynamicist on the C-102 Jetliner and the CF-100 Canuck interceptor aircraft. In the early 1950s he was appointed Chief of Technical Design, working on the Avro Arrow. Following cancellation of the Arrow program in 1959, he joined the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), working on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects.
For this work Jim Chamberlin was awarded the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and the Exceptional Service Medal from NASA, and was described as "one of the most brilliant men ever to work at NASA".
Born: 23 May 1915, Kamloops, BC
Died: 9 Mar 1981
Awards: BSc, DIC