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Historian to Discuss Early Aviation, War’s Impact at Jalonick Lecture

Dr. John Morrow

Dr. John H. Morrow Jr.

Internationally renowned World War I history scholar and author Dr. John H. Morrow Jr. will explore the early years of the aviation industry and how it developed during the war at 2 p.m. Saturday at the 2017 George W. Jalonick III and Dorothy Cockrell Jalonick Memorial Distinguished Lecture.

The free lecture, which will be in the Naveen Jindal School of Management Davidson Auditorium, is open to the public, but registration is required. There also will be a book signing and reception, which will be held in the Jindal School’s Executive Dining Room (JSOM 1.606) after the lecture. 

Morrow’s discussion will be based on his book The Great War in the Air, Military Aviation from 1909 to 1921

“Dr. Morrow’s depth of knowledge on the study of airpower in the First World War provides great insight, and his book is considered a classic and definitive history on the subject,” said Patrizia Nava, assistant coordinator of the Special Collections Department in the Eugene McDermott Library at UT Dallas. 

“He will look at the early years of the aircraft and aviation engine industry, particularly as they developed through the stimulus of wartime demands and then the postwar contraction, with a nod to the future beyond 1921. I think the audience will find it extremely fascinating.” 

The Franklin Professor of History at the University of Georgia, Morrow is a frequent commentator on television documentaries about early aviation and serves as an academic advisor to the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. Among his other publications are: Building German Air Power and German Air Power in World War I. In addition, he and Earl Rogers co-edited A Yankee Ace in the RAF: The World War I Letters of Captain Bogart Rogers

Morrow also has authored chapters about the air war in the Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War and the Cambridge History of the First World War

The annual Jalonick Lecture, hosted by the library’s Special Collections Department, was established to inform and enlighten the public about the history of flight by bringing aviation specialists to the Dallas community. 

For more information, call 972-883-2577.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].

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