Henry George Booker
|Born||December 10, 1910|
|Died||November 1, 1988 (aged 77)|
|Alma mater||Cambridge University|
|Known for||worldwide authority on radio wave propagation|
University of California, San Diego
|Doctoral advisor||J. A. Ratcliffe|
|Doctoral students||William E. Gordon|
Henry George Booker (December 14, 1910 – November 1, 1988) was an Anglo-American physicist and electrical 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 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"
Career and life
Henry George Booker was born in 1910 in Barking, then in Essex but now in London, England. He graduated from Cambridge University with a B.A. degree in applied and pure maths 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 headed theoretical research at the Telecommunications Research Establishment in England.. He 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.
He died of complications from a brain tumor in La Jolla, California on November 1, 1988.
Awards and Distinctions
- 1934 Allen Scholarship, Cambridge University
- 1935 Smith's 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
- National Academies Press, Henry G. Booker
- Stratojet Study Finds Risk of Cancer, by HAROLD M. SCHMECK Jr.,April 01, 1975
- Purbeck Radar, Biography ~ Prof Henry G Booker
- Online Archive of California, Henry G. Booker Papers
- New York Times:New Radio Signal Method Opens Door to Global Video; HOW NEW METHOD OF RADIO PROPAGATION WORKS RADIO SIGNAL SENT BY A NEW METHOD,by JACK GOULD, April 30, 1952
- New York Times:British Scientist Named A Professor at Cornell, November 29, 1948,