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Dr. Tom D. Crouch, Senior Curator - Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Tom D. Crouch is senior curator of aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum. A Smithsonian employee since 1974, he has held a variety of curatorial and administrative posts at both the museum and the National Museum of American History. He holds a B.A. from Ohio University, an M.A. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. In 2002, the Wright State University awarded him a doctorate of humane letters. He is the author or editor of more than 15 books, most on aspects of the history of flight. His book The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright won a 1989 Christopher Prize. He has also won book prizes offered by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Aerospace Writers Association.
The year 2003 was the centennial of the Wright brothers' flight, and not surprisingly the museum was centrally involved. Director Jack Dailey was chair of the Centennial of Flight Commission, and President Clinton appointed Tom Crouch chair of the Centennial Advisory Committee. A team of designers, educators, and curators, led by Peter Jakab, was putting the finishing touches on a grand new exhibition, The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age, which featured the 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first airplane, as the centerpiece. Displayed at eye level for the first time since the preservation effort of the mid-'80s, the Flyer was surrounded by an exhibition that included one of only five Wright bicycles, pieces of wood and fabric from the original Flyer that went to the moon on Apollo 11, works of art, and a host of other items that helped visitors understand the Wright achievement and its impact on the world. Originally planned for a two-year display, the exhibit proved so popular that it remains in place to this day. National Air and Space Museum, An Autobiography, page 310.
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