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Henry G Booker

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Nationality  American
Role  Physicist
Alma mater  Cambridge University
Fields  Engineering
Doctoral advisor  J. A. Ratcliffe
Name  Henry Booker

Born  December 10, 1910 Essex, England (1910-12-10)
Institutions  Cambridge University Cornell University University of California, San Diego
Known for  worldwide authority on radio wave propagation
Died  November 1, 1988, La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States
Education  University of Cambridge (1936)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
Doctoral students  William E. Gordon, Kenneth Bowles

Notable awards  Arctowski Medal (1984)

Henry G. Booker (December 14, 1910 – November 1, 1988) was an Anglo-American physicist and engineer. Booker was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was head of panel on stratospheric pollution. He was a head of the Maths Group at Worth focused on radio propagation. He headed theoretical research at the Telecommunications Research Establishment in England during World War II. He was director of the Cornell University’s School of Electrical Engineering, and the founder of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, San Diego. The New York Times called Booker "worldwide authority on radio wave propagation", as well as "one of the world's foremost authorities on the propagation of electric waves"


Awards and Distinctions

  • 1934 Allen Scholarship, Cambridge University
  • 1935 Smith Prize, Cambridge University
  • 1947 Duddell Premium, Institution of Electrical Engineers
  • 1948 Kelvin Premium, Institution of Electrical Engineers
  • 1953 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • 1954 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 1960 Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1960
  • 1970 50th Anniversary Medal, American Meteorological Society
  • 1981 Honorary professor, Wuhan University, Hubei, China
  • 1984 Centennial Medal, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Career and life

    Henry George Booker was born in 1910 in Barking, Essex, England. He graduated from Cambridge University with B.A. degree in applied and pure math in 1933. He received Ph.D. from Cambridge in 1936 in ionospheric physics. Booker researched radio wave propagation as a Fellow of Christ's College, and continued this research as a Visiting Scientist at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. During World War II, Booker conducted further research into radio wave propagation for the Royal Air Force, which led to significant developments in the understanding of antennas. After the war, Booker returned to Christ's College to teach until 1948. Post-1948, Booker taught exclusively in the United States. He received U.S. citizenship in 1952. Booker died of complications of brain tumor in La Jolla, California on November 1, 1988.


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