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George R. Brooker (1929-1992) was born in Ft. Scott, Kansas where he attended high school and community college. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Kansas State Teacher’s College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) in 1956 and 1957, respectively. He earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) in 1970. Dr. Brooker was on faculty in the Department of Technology at Pittsburg State University from 1959 until his death in 1992. Prior to working at PSU, he taught Automotive Studies at Bradley University in Illinois. During his career, he consulted with Walt Disney and Universal Studios, particularly in constructing the shark from the 1975 movie Jaws. He also was involved with NASA in designing the moon rover used in the lunar Apollo missions, and alloys for the Department of Defense. He also collected barbed wire and researched its effect on the West.

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Education, Science and Technology

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.8 linear foot

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Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0174

Brooker, George R., collection, 1959-1992

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