Laurence (Larry) M. Burke


Carnegie Mellon University


Dr. David Hounshell

Academic Interests:

History of Technology
U.S. Military History
19th/early 20th Century Industrialization
20th Century U.S. History


What to Do with the Airplane? Determining the Role of the Airplane in the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, 1908-1925

Bio Note:

Laurence was the 2008-2009 Ramsey Fellow in Naval Aviation at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as well as a 2008 fellow at the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. He has also received the General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. Memorial Dissertation Fellowship from the Marine Corps History Division, the Robert L. Ruth and Robert C. Ruth Research Fellowship from the Army Historical Foundation, and a McMullen Seapower Grant for Young Naval Historians through the U.S. Naval Academy's Naval History Symposium.

Laurence has contributed entries to the Encyclopedia of War and American Society, Peter Karsten, ed. (SAGE Publications, 2005) and to the Encyclopedia of 20th Century Technology, Hempstead & Worthington, eds. (Routledge, 2004). His paper, “Water Wings: The Early Years of Navy and Marine Corps Aviation,” has been accepted for the published Proceedings of the 2009 Naval Academy History Symposium, expected soon from the Naval War College Press.

Added October 2011