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Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
from Harvard in 1936 with a degree in engineering.
1939 to 1947, Head worked for Glenn L. Martin Company as a riveter
and aircraft engineer.
founded the Head Ski Company, later Head Sports Inc., in Timonium,
Maryland, in 1948, intent on employing structural principles from
the aircraft industry and different materials to build better
ski equipment. The result was the "Head Standard," the
first metal laminate skis, manufactured in 1950. By 1952, Head
introduced skis with edges made of tempered steel. His skis revolutionized
the ski industry: they were lighter and faster than wood, and
earned the nickname "cheaters" by the industry.
1968, Head formed a tennis division of Head Sports Inc., to develop
a metal tennis racket that would replace the standard wood rackets.
Just one year later, he premiered the first metal tennis racket
at the U.S. Open.
Head became chairman of the board for Prince Manufacturing Inc.,
in 1971. He decided to enlarge the width and length of the traditional
tennis racket, more than doubling its "sweet spot" (the
area of the string bed that produces the best combination of feel
and power). Once again, Head invented equipment that revolutionized
a sport-this time, tennis.
later developed and patented a line of new aluminum rackets and
introduced the "Prince Advantage" in 1976.
from the following sources:
- Oswald, Alison. Howard Head Papers, 1998, Archives Center, National
Museum of American History. http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/d8589.htm