Publication Date

September 1, 1989

Perspectives Section

AHA Activities

David Lowell Hay is the 1989–90 Fellow in Aerospace History, a program supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The fellowship, administered by the AHA in cooperation with the Economic History Association (EHA), the History of Science Society (HSS), and the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), is awarded in an annual competition by a joint committee of representatives from each organization. Chaired by Melvin Kranzberg, professor emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology, the committee includes Joseph P. Harahan, On-Site Inspection Agency (AHA); William Becker, George Washington University (EHA); Edward Constant, Carnegie Mellon University (HSS); and Alex Roland, Duke University (SHOT).

Mr. Hay is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Notre Dame. He previously earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan, a M.M. in management from Northwestern University, and an M.A. in American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He was the recipient of an Albert Beveridge Grant from the AHA, a Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Office of Air Force History, and a Research Grant/Center Fellowship from the U.S. Air Force Historical Research Center, Maxwell Air Force Base. Mr. Hay has presented papers at meetings of the Society for Industrial Archaeology, the Economic and Business Historical Society, and the Society for the History of Technology.

His principal interest is in U.S. business history and, more specifically, the role of management theory in the military-industrial complex. He will use the Aerospace Fellowship to complete work on his dissertation, tentatively entitled, “Bomber Businessmen; the Army Air Forces and the Ascendancy of Quantitative Management Control, 1940–1946.” His central concern is: How did the Army Air Forces, the newest (and smallest) branch of the armed forces, use civilian business expertise to manage the largest organization the world has ever seen, and what knowledge was developed and learned that was transferred into the postwar world?

Application deadline for the 1990–91 fellowship is February 1, 1990. The fellowship is for pre- or postdoctoral research in any area of NASA-related history. For information, write Executive Assistant, AHA, 400 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.