published Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Huntsville rocket scientist Jacobi dies at 91

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Walter Jacobi, a member of an elite team of Germans that settled in Huntsville and helped build the nation's rocket arsenal during the Cold War, has died. He was 91.

Jacobi, who died Wednesday, was part of the team of 118 scientists that came to America with Wernher von Braun at the end of World War II. Friends say Jacobi helped design the structure and components of America's Cold War rockets.

Jacobi is a native of Saalfeld, Germany who worked with von Braun's team during World War II building V-2 rockets. He was captured by the U.S. Army and sent to Texas to work for the military. He moved to Hunstville in 1950.

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