When Dr. Robert Goddard, inventor of the liquid fuel-propelled rocket, claimed in 1920 that a rocket would one day reach the moon, a journalist from the New York Times ridiculed him and wrote that Dr. Goddard’s knowledge did not go beyond high school science.
From a cabbage patch on his aunt’s farm in Massachusetts, Dr. Goddard launched the first rocket in the history of rocketry. But no one in America recognised the significance of the applications of his work. The press continued to make him look like a fool, and the Army ignored Dr. Goddard’s concern over a particular country’s interest in his invention. Other countries did see the scientific genius that Dr. Goddard was; but one European nation stood out among the rest. By tilting the angle of trajectory of this missile, Germany used it to bomb London in the Second World War.
One fine summer day in July 1969, man landed on the moon using a liquid fuel-propelled rocket. Everyone knows that–everyone except for the good Dr. Goddard who died of cancer in 1945.