In Memoriam: August 2008

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

8 August 2008

Stephen F. Adam

Pioneer in microwave theory and techniques

Life Fellow, 79; died 4 June

Stephen F. Adam was founder and CEO of Adam Microwave Consulting, which he formed in 1984 in Los Altos, Calif.

Previously, he worked 27 years in nearby Palo Alto for Hewlett-Packard Co., where he held various R&D and engineering managerial positions.

In 2003, he was elected a member of the Hungarian National Academy of Science.

Adam was the 1980 president of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He held several patents and authored many technical publications, including the textbook Microwave Theory and Applications (Prentice Hall, 1969).

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering in 1951 and 1952 and a doctorate in 1965 in electrical engineering, all from the Budapest University of Technology.


Arthur J. Eisenberger

Electronic warfare specialist

Life Senior Member, 79; died 31 May

Arthur J. Eisenberger spent 37 years in the field of electronic warfare, working for the U.S. Army and private companies.

He served 13 years in the army, as a second lieutenant and as a supervisory engineer in its Signal Research and Development Laboratory, at Fort Monmouth, N.J. In 1956, he joined Lockheed Electronics Co. (now Lockheed Martin Corp.) in Plainfield, N.J. He was chief engineer and program manager there for 25 years, directing and coordinating electronic warfare programs. He moved to California in 1987 to join Action Trac-AIL Systems, in Lancaster, as the program manager responsible for developing electronic warfare programs for the army. He left there to join American Nucleonics Corp., in Westlake Village, Calif., as business development manager. He retired in 1993.

Eisenberger received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York, in New York City, and a master’s degree, also in electrical engineering, from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.


Carl G. Eilers

Pioneer in FM radio standards and stereo TV

Life Fellow, 83; died 20 June

Carl G. Eilers pioneered the development of FM radio standards and garnered two technical Emmy awards and many other honors for his work in developing stereophonic sound for television and HDTV.

He began his career at Zenith Electronics Corp. in Lincolnshire, Ill., where he remained for 50 years. Starting in 1948, he worked on Zenith’s Phonevision, the world’s first pay-per-view TV system that made Hollywood films available to home viewers for US $1 per movie. He also led the development of stereophonic broadcasting for FM radio. He co-developed a stereo FM standard, adopted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in 1961 and still used internationally. As R&D manager, Eilers co-developed the multichannel TV stereo sound system in 1984, for which he received a technical Emmy Award in 1986. He received his second technical Emmy in 1997 for contributions to the development of HDTV.

Eilers earned several IEEE awards, including the 1994 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award and the 1993 IEEE Audio Engineering Society Fellow Award. In 2000 he was inaugurated into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame for contributions to the development of “high-fidelity stereo sound that revolutionized the radio listening experience.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1948 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. He went on to earn a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1956 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.


Robert F. Wagner

Research physicist

Fellow, 70; died 30 June

Robert F. Wagner was a physicist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in Rockville, Md.

He began his career with the Bureau of Radiological Health (a precursor to the CDRH), assessing the potential of radiographic intensifying screens. He was promoted to chief of the diagnostic imaging section in 1976. He served in that capacity until 1995, when he became a senior biomedical research scientist, a position he held until his death.

Wagner’s research interests included quantitative medical imaging, tissue characterization, and computer-aided diagnosis. The FDA honored him with several awards, including the 2001 Excellence in Analytical Science Award, for his “development of multivariate models and software for the assessment of diagnostic tests, imaging, and computer-aided diagnosis in the presence of multiple random effects.”

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, in Pennsylvania. Wagner completed his postgraduate education in Washington, D.C., earning a master’s degree in theology from Augustinian College and master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Catholic University of America.

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