Born: 1908-04-29. Died: 1990-03-10.
Born Kaiserslautern, Germany; obtained degree at Maximillian University, Munich. Thereafter employed at the Heinrich Hertz Institute of the Technical University, Berlin. From 1937-1945 part of the teams that developed the HS-293 and FX, the first operational guided beam-riding glide bombs. Captured at the end of the war by Ninth Army troops at the secret Stassfurter Rundfunk Gessellschaft in the Harz Mountains. After interrogation and evaluation at Braunschweig and Paris, contracted to work for the United States. By January 1947, working at Port Washington, Long Island. Later in the year moved with seven other Operation Paperclip engineers to the US Navy at the Naval Guided Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, California. Became a US citizen on 16 December 1954 and was then Head of the Component Tests Division at Point Mugu. In the late 1950's founded, with fellow Paperclip alumnus Otto Schwede, the Electronic Systems Development Corporation, Ventura, California. By 1960, with Schwede as President, and Sturm as Vice President and Research Director, the company employed 23 electronics engineers, 3 physicists, 11 technicians, and 19 administrative staff. They focused on special purpose digital and analogue computers, solid-state electronics, and liquid rocket engine control malfunction protection systems.