the U.S. Navy’s SA-16 Albatross amphibian aircraft intended for, among other uses, open-sea rescue operations. During this assignment he developed a method for predicting hull loads that would be experienced during water landings and takeoffs that became an industry standard. This was but the beginning of a rapid rise up the technical ladder.
Grant was made chief of structures in 1946, chief technical engineer in 1957, vice president of engineering in 1963, and senior vice president and director of all Grumman technical operations in 1970—a position he held until his retirement in 1980. During that time he was directly involved both as a personal contributor and a technical overseer with every Grumman aircraft program from the Korean War–era F9F Panther through the recently retired F-14 Tomcat, as well as the Apollo Lunar Module, which successfully landed men on the Moon. During this time, Grant made contributions in the area of structural design and analysis for which he was widely recognized. His development of a simple but effective method for fatigue life prediction enabled the industry to design and guarantee the operational life of an aircraft. With proper instrumentation, this led to the ability to track the remaining life of an individual aircraft.
In the twilight of his career, Grant led Grumman’s participation in the Princeton Tokamak Reactor, a federal program to study the feasibility of using fusion reactors to generate electricity. Subsequent to his retirement, Grant served as a senior Grumman management consultant until 1994.
A registered New York state professional engineer, Grant was affiliated with several professional societies. In 1974 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his many contributions to aerospace technology. In 1976 he was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and served until 1984. He served on many advisory committees for the government, industry, and universities. Grant received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Spirit of St. Louis Award in 1967, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Sylvanus Albert Reed Award in 1971, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s