Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882-August 10, 1945) was an American physicist and inventor who is known as the father of modern rocketry. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1882. He experimented with liquid and solid propellant rockets. In 1907, Goddard proved that a rocket's thrust can propel it in a vacuum. In 1914, Goddard received two U.S. patents: for liquid-fueled rockets and for two- to three-stage rockets that use solid fuel. During his life, but nobody appreciated his experiments and discoveries until after his death.
A space flight center is named for Mr. Goddard. It is called the "Goddard Space Flight Center" and it is located in Greenbelt, Maryland.