Brigadier General Tracy C. Dickson was born on September 17, 1868 and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1892.
As Commanding Officer of Sandy Hook Proving Ground, New Jersey in 1914 and President of the Ordnance Board from April 1914 to August 1915, he achieved fame for his metallurgical developments in the field of gun construction.
His research profoundly influenced the technological advancement of gun construction. He played a significant role in the fields of X-ray testing, cold working, centrifugal casting, and the development of welding. Under his direction, the development of the Watertown Arsenal Laboratory and the advancement of methods for casting guns were carried through to near perfection.
The present techniques of gun manufacture are largely due to his expert guidance. General Dickson, for whom the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School Building 3074 is named, retired on September 30, 1932 and died on May 17, 1936.