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Tom D. Crouch
Beginning in 1998, Crouch has served as the Senior Curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum. A Smithsonian employee since 1974, he has served both the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in curatorial and administrative posts. Prior to coming to the Smithsonian he was employed by the Ohio Historical Society as director of education (1969-1973) and subsequently as the Director of the Ohio American Revolution Bicentennial Advisory Commission (1973-1974).Crouch holds several degrees in history: BA, Ohio University; MA, Miami University, and a Ph.D, Ohio State University. Additionally, he holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters conferred by the Wright State University. He is the author or editor of more than 18 books and over 100 articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. Most of his work has been on aspects of the history of flight and flight technology. Crouch has won a number of major writing awards including: the history book prizes offered by both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Aviation/Space Writers Association; the Christopher Award (1989), a literary prize recognizing " significant artistic achievement in support of the highest values of the human spirit," for The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright; the Gardner-Lasser Literature Prize, 2005; and the AIAA for Wings: A History of Aviation From Kites to the Space Age.