Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann and Joanna Enzmann, 1958, married in the MIT chapel.

Where Did He Come From?

Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann was born in Peking, China, in the early 20s to an American mother and an Austrian father. His father, Ernst von Enzmann, was an officer in Franz Josef’s army. He escaped from prison in Siberia by walking to China. His mother, Florence Goodman was a native of Maine. After graduating from Johns Hopkins, Florence joined the Peking Union Medical College staff. Ernst and Florence met there and married.

As he grew up, Robert attended British Embassy schools. Dr. Enzmann came to the USA for the first time at the age of five. He grew up splitting his time between Massachusetts and Maine. He earned his doctoral degree in medicine and geology and attained three master’s degrees during his educational career. He served in the Navy during WWII and saw 14 active combat situations, including the Leyte Gulf Battle in the Philippines and air support for the invasion of Normandy Beach. He was shot down more than once and received a Purple Heart for his service.

Dr. Robert Duncan-Enzmann

Enzmann All Over The World…

The Enzmann Archive is truly a national treasure and holds the research Enzmann did from the stone age to the space age.  Over his lifetime he wrote many books that were never published – nonfiction and sci-fi. Browse his newly published works in FREA’s store and become a member to access the Archive Blog where more of this treasure is published.

Dr. Enzmann conducted geological work on every continent. He holds an A. B. (Geologic Sciences), Harvard, 1949; B.Sc. (honors), (mineralogy and geophysics), England Standard, 1950; M. Sc. (crystallography and structural geology), Univ. of the Witwatersrand, S. Africa, 1953; Gymnasium Certificate (classics), Royal Scholarship, Swedish research, Uppsala, Sweden, 1954; Ph.D. (polycrystalline solids and diffusion phenomena), Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Research at the Royal Institute of Uppsala, Sweden, 1957, Ph.D./M.D. Cuidad, Juarez, Mexico, 1980.

Decades of Technological Advancement…

During his nearly 100 years of life, Dr. Enzmann witnessed a century of technological advances, from life without electricity to man’s first steps on the moon. He saw the invention of the television, cars, computers, missiles, rockets, space shuttles, the internet, and cellphones. He worked with von Braun under secret clearance.

Today, Dr. Enzmann is not known for his work in the pre-NASA space and military weapons industries, yet his engineering laid the foundation for missile defense and putting man in space.

FREA invites you into the Enzmann Universe. The Enzmann Archive inspires future generations to explore and protect the known and unknown worlds around us.

Dr. Enzmann the Engineer

Dr. Enzmann’s work on radio detection and ranging (RADAR) resulted in an unparalleled military capability to defend our nation.

The Enzmann Starship is his most famous personal project. It is an interstellar ship based on a design that Drs. Enzmann and Bussard worked on – the Orion. Dr. Enzmann’s engineering advanced Orion’s capabilities to that of interstellar travel.

His most elegant design, however, is not well known. The Echolance Starship uses advanced technology for propulsion, scoops its fuel from space, and can travel at near light speed. FREA is excited to offer for the first time a book on this elegant starship. The Enzmann Echolance – Reach for the Stars is available in our Publications store.