Historic Markers Across Florida

Florida Institute Of Technology

Marker ID: FLHM F-610
Location: on South Country Club Road, Melbourne, Florida
County: Brevard
Coordinates: N 28° 3.965    W 080° 37.491
  28.06608333    -80.62485
Waymark: None


A 37-cent donation, given to Florida Institute of Technology founder Jerome P. Keuper (1921-2002), would launch one of the most remarkable stories in American higher education. Keuper, a scientist working at Cape Canaveral, founded Florida Tech in 1958 to meet a critical need for scientists and engineers in America´s race for space. Florida Tech quickly attracted the worlds foremost rocket scientists and engineers to its halls. It awarded its first honorary doctorate in 1962 to astronaut Virgil Gus Grissom. Among its first visiting professors were the legendary rocket scientist Werhner von Braun and Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb. Over the years, Florida Tech expanded its course offerings to take advantage of its unique location where the land, sea, sky and space come together. It has done so while maintaining internationally recognized excellence, and its ties to the space program. It counts among its graduates five astronauts, including two who flew together on Space Shuttle Discovery in December, 2006, Joan Higginbotham and Sunita Williams. Sponsors: The Florida Institute Of Technology Alumni Association and the Florida Department of State


City: Cape Canaveral, FL