Finger, Harold B. (1924–)

Harold Finger is an aeronautical and nuclear engineer who was involved with the early American space program. Finger joined NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) in 1944 as an aeronautical research scientist at the Lewis facility (now renamed the Glenn Research Center) in Cleveland. Having gained experience working with compressors and in nuclear engineering projects, he became head of the nuclear radiation shielding group and the nuclear propulsion design analysis group in 1957. The following year, he was appointed chief of the nuclear engine program at NASA Headquarters, and by 1962 had become director of nuclear systems. From 1967 to 1969, Finger was NASA's associate administrator for organization and management before taking up a government post in housing and urban development.