In Memoriam: August 2018

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

27 August 2018

Robert Biddle Bishop Jr.

Electrical engineer

Life Senior Member, 80; died 16 June

Bishop started out as a train-signal specialist before working at Western Electric in New York City. He and his family then moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as an engineer for the Department of Defense, mostly for the Navy. He later taught college courses in Texas.

He was a locomotive enthusiast and appreciated antique British cars.

Bishop was a board member of the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society.

He received an electrical engineering degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned master’s degrees in engineering, mathematics, and computer science.


David Fidelman

Audio engineer

Life Member, 97; died 22 April

During World War II, Fidelman worked at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, in Maryland, developing degaussing technology to protect ships from mines. After the war, he returned to New York City with a job at CBS Laboratories, working on early color television. He also was the audio engineer for the group that developed the first long-playing records.

He worked for several defense firms on radar countermeasures, underwater sound measurement, sonar systems, and spectrum analysis gear.

In 1960 he started the Electromagnetic Measurement Corp. to manufacture radio interference measurement equipment, mostly for NASA and the U.S. Air Force. He later went to work on measuring aircraft noise patterns around airports, as well as manufacturing control electronics for X-ray and graphic-arts film-processing machinery.

Fidelman authored two books: Guide to Audio Reproduction and Repairing Hi-Fi Systems.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York and received a master’s degree in physics from New York University.


George Karady

Professor of electrical engineering

Fellow, 87; died 10 June

Karady served as chief consulting electrical engineer, manager of electrical systems, and chief engineer of computer technology with Ebasco Services, an energy-infrastructure-design company in New York City that eventually was purchased by Raytheon. While there, he also worked as electrical task supervisor for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor project, an experimental tokamak built with the intention of reaching scientific breakeven, whereby the heat being released from the fusion reactions in the plasma is equal to the heat given to the plasma by an external device.

He invented an instrumentation device, sometimes called a “Karady cage,” used to measure minuscule electrical discharges.

He taught at the University of Budapest as well at universities in Baghdad and Manchester, England. After teaching, he worked in Montreal at Hydro-Québec, a public utility that manages generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity for the Canadian province.

In 1986 he became the power systems chair at Arizona State University, in Tempe.

Karady was chair of the IEEE Power Engineering Society power electronics subcommittee. He received several IEEE recognitions including the Power Engineering Society’s Distinguished Individual Service Award.

He earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest.


Donald George Peck

Engineer and lawyer

Life member; died 10 March

Peck served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War as engineer specialist at the Wright-Patterson base, in Ohio. Afterward, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served for 30 years as a patent attorney for the Naval Sea Systems Command.

He received an engineering degree in 1968 from the University of Rochester, New York; a master’s degree in political science in 1970 from the University of Dayton, Ohio; and a law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.


Charles W. Rosenthal

Electrical engineer

Life Fellow, 89; died 4 May

From 1951 to 1987, Rosenthal worked at Nokia Bell Labs—formerly AT&T Bell Laboratories—in Murray Hill, N.J. While there, he focused on design automation; ocean-systems surveillance using acoustic techniques; and missile guidance. He held a variety of management positions.

From 1987 to 1989 he managed the efforts of electronic circuit design origination, component library management, and interdatabase communication for Mentor Graphics of Portland, Ore. He then worked as an independent consultant for many years.

Rosenthal published 20 journal papers and held two patents. He was chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s technical committee on design automation. For more than 20 years, he served on advisory boards at the Portland State University Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

He was chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s electronic design processes subcommittee from 1991 to 1996. He also served three terms on its governing board. He received six IEEE certificates of appreciation.

Rosenthal graduated from City College of New York with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He received a master’s degree in engineering and applied physics from Harvard, and did doctoral work at Columbia University and New York University in electrical engineering and mathematics.


Larry Whicker

Former president, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

Life fellow, 84; died 21 June

Whicker managed the microwave physics department at Westinghouse’s aerospace division, in Baltimore, from 1964 to 1970. He then became head of the Naval Research Laboratory’s microwave technology branch, in Washington, D.C. His areas of research included superconductivity, monolithic integrated circuits, surface acoustic waves, and microwave control components. In 1987 he became manager of Westinghouse’s gas programs.

He retired from the industry in 1995 and became an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He published more than 100 journal papers and helped edit two books on ferrite control components. He contributed a chapter to the 2000 book Analysis and Design Consideration for Monolithic Circuit Transmit-Receive (T-R) Modules.

Whicker served as president of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in 1977. He chaired the IEEE Technical Activities Board periodicals and meetings committees and served as general chair of the 1980 MTT Symposium. He received an IEEE Centennial Medal.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received a doctorate from Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind., in 1964.

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