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John was born in Bahia, Brazil back in 1910 to the Reverend and Mrs. Charles. They were American missionaries. He graduated from Brownwood High School in Brownwood, Texas. He went on to get a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. And a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Texas at Austin.
He entered the Army Air Corps in 1944 as a medical doctor. He was assigned to test various oxygen systems for aircraft flying above 40,000 feet. Having solved that problem, he was next assigned to tackle the problems of deceleration. It was widely held the human body could withstand a force no greater than 18 g’s however John Paul Stapp proved the human body was much more resilient. His testing showed the body could withstand forces of around 46 g’s, more than double of what was thought. For his research he was recognized with medals from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the Franklin Institute and was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame, the New Mexico Museum of Space History plus a few others. He retired a full colonel from the Army. He died in 1999 at the age of 89.