Peter G. Hamel

Dr. Peter and Hanni Hamel
June 28, 2020


Peter G. Hamel received the Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 1963 and 1968, respectively, and SM degree from M.I.T. in 1965. Director of the Institute of Flight Systems (formerly: Flight Mechanics) of the German Aerospace Center DLR from 1971-2001, he also served as Section Head of Aeronautical Systems at Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm in Hamburg (1970-71), and was appointed Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig (1995), where he served as the founding member of three Collaborative Research Centers. Peter Hamel served as the Chairman of the National Working Group on Helicopter Technology (AKH, 1986-1994), Appraiser for the National Aviation Research Program (LuFo, 2010-2020), Manager of DLR’s Rotorcraft Technology Research Program and German Coordinator for the former NATO/AGARD Flight Mechanics/Vehicle Integration Panel (FMP/FVP, 1972-1997). He also served on the M.I.T. Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Astronautics and Aeronautics (1994-2000). Member of the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics (DGLR, since 1961), the American Helicopter Society (AHS, since 1987), and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA, since 1988) and AIAA Fellow since 2001), he is also the recipient of the AGARD 1993 Scientific Achievement Award, AGARD/RTO von Kármán Medal 1998, AHS Dr. A. von Klemin Award 2001, and of the prestigious DGLR Ludwig-Prandtl-Ring 2007.


I authored and edited the book “In-Flight Simulators and Fly-by-Wire/Light Demonstrators” ( Since then, I published and authored together with my transatlantic colleague and dear friend Gary Park the book “The Learjet History” ( which was widely welcomed not only in the Wichita environment.

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