“Project Paperclips Brings German Scientists to NJ,” by Fred Carl
April 16 @ 2:00 pm
In the fall of 1944, the United States and its allies launched a secret mission code-named Operation Paperclip. The aim was to find and preserve German weapons, including biological and chemical agents, but American scientific intelligence officers quickly realized the weapons themselves were not enough. They decided the United States needed to bring German scientists themselves to the U.S. Thus began a mission to recruit top German doctors, physicists and chemists — including the famous Wernher von Braun, who went on to design the rockets that took man to the moon. See more at: https://www.npr.org/2014/02/15/275877755/the-
secret-operation-to-bring-Nazi-scientists-to-America. Few know that some of these scientific personnel made their way right here to NJ. Join us as Fred Carl tells the tale.
Fred Carl received his B.S. in Science Education and his M.S. in Computer Science from Monmouth University. He also has Teaching Certificates in Comprehensive Science and Computer Science. Carl began the effort to save Camp Evans in Wall Township by transforming it into a Science Education Center in March of 1993 when its closing under the U.S. Army’s
1993 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) was announced. Reaching out to organizations with technology education and historic preservation programs, he built a consortium dedicated to preserving Camp Evans as a Science Center. In 1998 the group incorporated as a not-for-profit named the Information Age Learning Center. Fred then nominated and successfully defended an application to create a 37-acre Camp Evans Historic District and have it added the National Register of Historic Places. Once on the Register, a complex application to the Historic Surplus Property Program was prepared. One approved by the National Park Service it paved the way for the transfer of the historic district to Wall Township for the preservation of the site and the creation of the Info Age Science History Center. Under his leadership Info Age, with the support of Wall Township and Monmouth County, Info Age has replaced roofs, installed heating and air conditioning to many of the buildings. In 2012, the site was declared a National Historic Landmark.
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