Robert Dexter Conrad was an officer in the United States Navy and a member of the United States Naval Academy Class of 1927. Captain Robert Dexter Conrad worked with the Bureau of Construction and Repair and the Bureau of Ships and developed areas of armor, photoelasticity, turret design, the effects of gun blasts, ship models, propulsion, and other areas related to ship design and construction.
Award named in his honor: The Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award.
The Navy's top scientific award, an annual award to the individual making an outstanding contribution in naval research and development bears Captain Conrad's name.
Ship naming: The USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3), a research ship operated by Columbia University, was named in his honor.
Chain of Command In January 1942 he returned to Washington, D.C. Initially in the Bureau of Ships, he became Head of the Progress and Planning Section in the Office of the Coordinator of Research and Development, Office of the Secretary of the Navy in April and remained in that post until May 1945.