James E. Webb

administrator of NASA in 1961–1968

James Edwin Webb (October 7, 1906 – March 27, 1992) was an American government official. He was the second administrator of NASA from February 14, 1961, to October 7, 1968. He was in charge of NASA during its Mercury and Gemini programs.

James E. Webb
Official NASA photo, 1966
2nd Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
In office
February 14, 1961 – October 7, 1968
PresidentJohn F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson
DeputyHugh Dryden
Robert Seamans
Thomas O. Paine
Preceded byT. Keith Glennan
Succeeded byThomas O. Paine
United States Under Secretary of State
In office
January 28, 1949 – February 29, 1952
PresidentHarry S. Truman
Preceded byRobert A. Lovett
Succeeded byDavid Bruce
7th Director of the Bureau of the Budget
In office
July 13, 1946 – January 27, 1949
PresidentHarry S. Truman
Preceded byHarold D. Smith
Succeeded byFrank Pace
Personal details
James Edwin Webb

(1906-10-07)October 7, 1906
Tally Ho, North Carolina, U.S. (now Stem)
DiedMarch 27, 1992(1992-03-27) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Patsy Aiken Douglas (m. 1938)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service
  • 1930–1932
  • 1944–1945
RankLieutenant colonel[1]

In 2002, the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) was renamed the James Webb Space Telescope in honor of Webb.

Webb died from a heart attack at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 1992, at age 85.[2] He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

References change

  1. Knapp, Richard. "Webb, James Edwin". NCpedia.
  2. Lambert, Bruce (March 29, 1992). "James Webb, Who Led Moon Program, Dies at 85". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2021.