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Herbert Voelcker

Full name: Herbert Bernardt Voelcker, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: January 7, 1930 in Tonawanda, New York, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Shooting


Herbert Voelcker studied mechanical engineering at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and then earned graduate degrees at the University of Rochester, where he studied electrical engineering, and then obtaining a PhD from Cornell. While at MIT Voelcker shot on the rifle team and rowed stroke with the varsity crew in 1948-50. He was collegiate individual rifle champion in 1950. After graduating in 1951, Voelcker served in the US Army as a first lieutenant, and was on the Army team that won the 1952 national rifle team championship. Voelcker was in the Army for seven years, which paid for his graduate study. In 1958 he earned a Fulbright Scholarship and studied electrical engineering at Imperial College. Voelcker won the 1954 Leech Cup, for high-power rifle shooting. He also worked as a coach and unpaid advisor to the 1953-54 MIT varsity rifle team.

Voelcker’s scientific research laid the basis for the mathematical basis of 3-D modelling, and led directly to the use of CAD/CAM engineering. His wide-ranging career included research into radio propagation, aural perception, and bandwidth compression in the 1950s; modulation theory and digital signal processing in the 1960s; computer science/solid modeling in the 1970s; machine tools and NC programming in the 1980s; and parallel computation, dimensional tolerancing, and mechanical design in the 1990s. He spent over 20 years as a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and served as the Charles Lake Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, at Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Shooting Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres United States USA 10

Men's Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS PP KP SP R1P R2P R3P R4P
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Shooting United States USA Final Standings 1,075 385 355 335
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Shooting United States USA Prone 385 96 98 96 95
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Shooting United States USA Kneeling 355 88 91 86 90
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Shooting United States USA Standing 335 83 84 79 89
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