1964.Radar System Engineering.Ridenour.MIT

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1964.Radar System Engineering.Ridenour.MIT

Description : RADAR SYSTEM ENGINEERING EDITED BY LOUIS N. RIDENOUR PUBLISHED & DISTRIBUTED BY BOSTON TECHNICAL PUBLISHERS, INC. 5 BRYANT ROAD, LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02173, U.S.A. DESCRIPTION: Hard Cover. Very Good/ No Dust Cover. 1964. 5 5/8 X 8 1/4". [vi], vii-xviii, 748 pages. Cover of gray cloth with silver title on spine. Edges and corners lightly rubbed. Binding and hinges are very good. No writing or bookplate. Interior is very good or better. Many illustrations throughout. Dr. Louis N. Ridenour was a physicist instrumental in U.S. development of radar, Vice President of Lockheed, and an advisor to President Eisenhower.

During World War II, Ridenour worked at the MIT Radiation Laboratory .

Co-leader with Ivan A. Getting of the group that developed the SCR-584 .

First chief scientist of the Air Force [1 ]

Served on the Scientific Advisory Committee for Ballistic Research Laboratories, Aberdeen Proving Ground ,[ 2]

Chairman of the National Security Agency Scientific Advisory Board Panel on Electronics and Data Processing from its inception 27 January 1959 until his death in May.

Theodore von Karman Award, by the Air Force Association , 1960 [3 ]

In 1941 he became the assistant director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory and helped transform primitive radar into a reliable defensive and offensive military tool. In 1946 Dr. Ridenour returned to the University of Pennsylvania for one year and then in 1947 he became dean of the Graduate College of the University of Illinois. During the next three years as dean, he was instrumental in establishing the Control Systems Laboratory, the Digital Computer Laboratory, and the Radio Carbon Laboratory, as well as a microbiology group and solid state group. [4 ]

Dr. Ridenour died of a brain hemorrhage at age 47. [5 ]

Major contributions

Ridenour led the development of airborne microwave radar nicknamed "Micky" which allowed bombing through clouds. [6 ]

Along with Gilbert W. King, Edwin L. Hughes, and George W. Brown, Ridenour patented an information storage system which combined optical disk storage of large capacity and a magnetic drum memory of low capacity. The write-once-read-many optical disk memory would be updated monthly, and recently changed data is held on the re-writable magnetic drum memory.


2,473,175 Radio-Direction-Finding System 2,843,655 Subscription Television with Scrambled Transmission and Marquee and Barker 2,843,841 Information Storage System 2,875,269 Video Scrambling and Unscrambling System 2,918,522 Subscription Television Distribution System 2,972,008 Coding Methods and System


Author of Radar System Engineering, volume 1 of MIT Radiation Laboratory Series. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1947. [7 ]

Contributed to Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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