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Inspirational Quotes By Robert Goddard


Robert Goddard, in full Robert Hutchings Goddard, was an American professor and inventor. Goddard was acknowledged to be the father of modern rocketry.

Goddard claimed that ever since he was a young boy he was a book worm who loved everything science-related. But before anything, he was a boy with colorful imagination. Maybe his science-learning background came from his father who was a salesman, bookkeeper and machine-shop owner of modest means.

Goddard had an opportunity to experience the excitement of the post-Civil War Industrial Revolution with factories that were producing good and machinery. He showed a great passion and a bigger curiosity about physical phenomena.

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Therefore, he developed a strong attitude inventiveness. All in, he read and learned about physics and mechanics, and above all dreamed of great inventions.

Goddard’s imagination was heated by the H.G. Wells space-fiction novel ‘War of the Worlds.’ Goddard spoke for years about him climbing the cherry tree in his backyard and ‘imaging how wonderful would it be to make some device which had even the possibility of ascending to Mars…’

The day he climb the cherry tree was called ‘Anniversary Day,’ and every 19th of October he would have a private commemoration to celebrate his greatest inspiration.

Goddard’s obsession with space flight continued into his college years at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His theme named ‘Travelling in 1950’ he called on “the fastest possible travel for living bodies on the earth’s surface” and even projected a plan for travel inside a steel vacuum tube in which cars were driven by attraction and repulsion of electromagnets.

Some people were shocked by his new ideas and innovative approaches. They went even so far from calling him crazy, and those sayings were one of the biggest reasons why he protected all of his inventions and findings.

The Year of 1908 was a year when Goddard began a long association with Clark In 1908 Goddard began a long association with Clark University, where he earned his doctorate.

Also, he was teaching physics, and most importantly carried out a number of rocket experiments. He was also the first to explore energy from a mathematical point of view, including various fuels. In addition, he was the first one to develop a rocket motor using liquid fuels, that was used 15 years later as German V-2 rocket weapon.

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Scientific theory and invention come with a specific trait that’s seen in different developments of science in different parts of the world. At the time Goddard carried his rocket experiments further that Russian and German space pioneers. We can say that he was a true father of space-flights.

Goddard wanted to help with his inventions during World War II and officially offered his work to the military. However, the lack of interest in rocket development lead to closing down the main rocket-experiments area in Roswell.

Regardless of this, Goddard still had enormous support from philanthropists Harry F. Guggenheim and Lindbergh, for space exploration.

Unfortunately, Goddard died of throat cancer in 1945. Years after his death his work was acknowledged by the United States government when a $1,000,000 settlement was made for the use of his patents.

Today, anyone can visit The Goddard Memorial Library at Clark University, that was named in his honor.

Top 5 Robert Goddard Quotes

1. ‘Every vision is a joke until the first man accomplishes it; once realized, it becomes commonplace.’

2. ‘It is difficult to say what is impossible, for “The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.’

3. ‘Just remember—when you think all is lost, the future remains.’

4. ‘Set goals, challenge yourself, and achieve them. Live a healthy life…and make every moment count. Rise above the obstacles, and focus on the positive.’

5. ‘The reason many people fail is not for a lack of vision but for lack of resolve and resolve is born out of counting the cost.’

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