This park honors Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945), whose lifetime of work in the field of rocketry forever altered the course of scientific and military history. Goddard was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. His fascination with the physical sciences turned into a determination to carve a scientific identity for himself; to invent a device that could reach Mars.
After graduating from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1908, Goddard enrolled in the doctoral program at Clark University, where he later taught and conducted rocketry experiments. Along with testing various types of rocket fuel, Goddard made the groundbreaking discovery that thrust can occur in a vacuum, creating an equal and opposite force of propulsion despite the absence of air.