Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology (HM10EA)

Location: Melbourne, FL 32901 Brevard County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 3.965', W 80° 37.491'

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A 37-cent donation, given to Florida Institute of Technology founder Jerome P. Keuper (1921-2002), would launch one of the most remarkable stories in American higher education. Keuper, a scientist working at Cape Canaveral, founded Florida Tech in 1958 to meet a critical need for scientists and engineers in America's race for space. Florida Tech quickly attracted the world's foremost rocket scientists to its halls. It awarded its first honorary doctorate in 1962 to astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom. Among its first visiting professors were the legendary rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb. Over the years Florida Tech expanded its course offerings to take advantage of its unique location where the land, sea, sky and space come together. It has done so while maintaining internationally recognized excellence, and its ties to the space program. It counts among its graduates five astronauts, including two who flew together on Space Shuttle Discovery in December, 2006, Joan Higginbotham and Sunita Williams.A Florida Heritage Site
HM NumberHM10EA
Marker NumberF-610
Placed ByFlorida Institute of Technology Alumni Association and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 12:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 536863 N 3104579
Decimal Degrees28.06608333, -80.62485000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 3.965', W 80° 37.491'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 3' 57.90" N, 80° 37' 29.46" W
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Area Code(s)321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2817-2865 S Country Club Rd, Melbourne FL 32901, US
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