Charles Lindbergh continued to be recognized with awards and medals through the end of his life as well as posthumously. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Spirit of St. Louis, published in 1953, and was awarded the Robert Goddard medal for his work on rocketry and high altitude flight. His scientific knowledge contributed to lifesaving medical advancements; and his ingenious work with Dr. Alexis Carrel developed the precursor to the artificial heart. Lindbergh's world travels had heightened his awareness of environmental issues; and he spent the remainder of his life working on behalf of many conservation causes. Lindbergh biographer, Scott Berg summed up these years by stating, "obsessive about remaining active, affixing purpose to every action, Lindbergh became the conservation movement's tireless freelancer. No person or place on earth was off-limits to him; no time was wasted." Sadly, Lindbergh's life was cut short by cancer and he died on August 26, 1974.
The world's fascination with Charles Lindbergh endures, even 75 years after the transatlantic flight.
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