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Albert G. Mumma

American admiral

Died when: 91 years 43 days (1093 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Albert G. Mumma

Albert G.Mumma (2 June 1906 – 15 July 1997) was a rear admiral in the United States Navy who played a pivotal role in the development of nuclear propulsion for warships.

During World War II, he served in France and Germany with the Alsos Mission.A 1926 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Mumma served on a number of warships.

He studied marine engineering at the L'École Nationale Supérieure de Maritime in Paris, where he learned the latest techniques of maritime construction.

During World War II he served at the David Taylor Model Basin, where he investigated problems of propeller design.In January 1943, he took over the Propeller desk at the Bureau of Ships.

He joined the Alsos Mission in 1944, and in the last days of the war was part of a 75-man task force that captured the city of Kiel, including the whole garrison of 150,000 men.

After the war he returned to the Bureau of Ships, where he was involved with the development of nuclear propulsion.

Mumma was promoted to rear admiral in 1954, and assumed command of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.He became responsible for celebrating its 100th anniversary.

However, his most important task was converting the shipyard over to the construction of nuclear submarines.In 1955 he became chief of the Bureau of Ships, where he championed the adoption of the teardrop hull, and oversaw the design of nuclear submarines, cruisers and aircraft carriers.

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