Mieczyslaw

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Mieczyslaw Gregory Bekker was born in Strzyzow, Poland back in 1905. I do not have any information as to who his parents were or his early childhood. What I can tell you is in 1929, he graduated from the Warsaw Technical University.

After graduation, he worked for the Polish Ministry of Military Affairs from 1931-1939. His job was to work on systems for tracked vehicles on uneven ground. In 1939, he moved to France. The Government of Canada offered him a job so he moved again to Ottawa to work in the armored vehicle research. In 1943, he joined the Canadian Army working as a researcher reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was decommissioned in 1956 when he moved once again to the United States.

He worked as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and the Army Vehicle Laboratory in Detroit. He was a leading specialist in theory and design of military and off-the-road vehicles. He died in Santa Barbara in 1989, he was 79.

What you may not know about Mieczyslaw is that he co-authored the general idea and contributed to the design of the Lunar Roving Vehicle. It was used by mission Apollo 15, 16 and 17 on the Moon. He held several patents on inventions in the area of off-the-road vehicles, including those for extraterrestrial use.

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Donald Urschalitz
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Well that stood the test of time.

Feb 20, 2019 03:52 AM #1
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Good morning James - well he certainly left Poland and then France just in time or we would not have had him.

Feb 20, 2019 03:55 AM #2
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Wow, he must have had some very interesting experiences as he moved from country to country.

Feb 20, 2019 04:41 AM #3
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Good Morning James Dray 

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Feb 20, 2019 04:50 AM #4
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Good morning, James... I'm pretty good with Polish names, but I'll admit this is one I'd have trouble spelling and pronouncing! 

Feb 20, 2019 04:57 AM #5
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Good morning James,

He had a few bumps in the road going from country to country.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 20, 2019 05:02 AM #6
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Good morning James. What a creative mind! Would have enjoyed a cup of coffee with him. Enjoy your day!

Feb 20, 2019 05:22 AM #7
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Good morning,  James - obviously,  a brilliant mind with an impact on space exploration and discovery. 

Feb 20, 2019 05:50 AM #8
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Good morning again James. This was a really interestin read and an amazing guy.

Feb 20, 2019 06:30 AM #9
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I continue to be fascinated by the Apollo missions and this is quite the acheivement i want to celebrate.

Feb 20, 2019 07:48 AM #10
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If we were to start posing questions that we would like to know about these people, might you be able to answer them?  Like, I wonder if this guy played tennis at all?  If so, was he a good player?

Feb 20, 2019 09:57 AM #11
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James,

I did not know that at all.  Our friend coached the team that used that little rover on the moon.  A

Feb 20, 2019 12:54 PM #12
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I'm sure he would've been amazed to learn that he contributed to the development of the rovers that took astronauts around the surface of the moon.

Feb 20, 2019 02:29 PM #13
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Hi James- I may not be able to pronounce his name but he certainly made an important contribution!!!!

Feb 20, 2019 05:53 PM #14
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That must have been a wide open field when he got into it James Dray 

Feb 20, 2019 08:50 PM #15
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James I am confident everyone in my generation saw the vehicle puttering around the moon:) but I bet you no one outside of you knew who made it happen, Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:51 PM #16
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Quite an accoplishment...mooooon walking !

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Hi James:

What an ineresting history, and certainly a most useful invention!

Jeff

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Great story!

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