In Memoriam: April 2009

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

6 April 2009

Pioneer in electromagnetics
Life Fellow, 79; died 16 December

Edward F. Vance had more than 35 years of experience in the electromagnetic field. After a two-year stint as a design engineer for North American Aviation (now Rockwell International) in Los Angeles, he was a professor of electrical engineering from 1956 to 1959 at the University of Denver.

Vance then joined the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) of Menlo Park, Calif., as a research engineer. He worked at SRI’s office in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1974 until he retired in 1994. While at the nonprofit, which conducts research in communications and robotics, Vance worked on problems involving electromagnetic interference and electrostatic discharge in aircraft and rockets.

He was a member of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility, Antennas and Propagation, and Nuclear and Plasma Sciences societies. He received several awards from the Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, including a 1992 Certificate of Appreciation for “his contributions to the administration and overall success of EMC,” and the 1981 Technical Achievement Award for significant technical accomplishments in the field of electromagnetic compatibility.

He authored the book Coupling to Shielded Cables (Krieger Publishing, 1987), a standard in the electromagnetic compatibility field.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1954 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1958 from the University of Denver.


Coinventor of rake receiver
Life Fellow, 79; died 3 December

Robert Price worked as a research scientist for several defense contractors, focusing on communications and detection theory.

He began his career in 1951 as a staff member at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in Lexington, Mass., where he helped develop the first rake receiver, which uses multiple correlators to counter the effects of multipath fading in mobile devices and underwater acoustics.

Price left the Lincoln Laboratory in 1965 to join Sperry Research Center, in Sudbury, Mass., as a scientist and manager. Price left the center in 1983 to become chief scientist at M/A-COM Government Systems, a developer of semiconductor devices, also in Lexington. In 1987 he took a position as a research scientist at Raytheon, a defense contractor. Price became an independent consultant in 1993.

He received the 1988 IEEE Information Theory Society Golden Jubilee Paper Award for authoring “A Useful Theorem for Nonlinear Devices Having Gaussian Inputs.”

Price earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1950 from Princeton University and a doctorate of science in 1953 from MIT.


Former IEEE Russia Section Vice Chair
Life Senior Member; 86; died 20 January

Henrich Lantsberg spent more than 50 years at Russia’s leading government research agency, the Russian Academy of Sciences. He joined the academy in 1955 in Moscow, following an 11-year stint as a linguist in the army of the former Soviet Union. He was head of the Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics, which conducts research in radiophysics, quantum electronics, and computer science, from that year until his death.

He served as vice chair of the IEEE Russia Section from 1993 to 2006. During that time he founded 14 IEEE society chapters, including those of the Broadcast Technology and Professional Communication societies. In addition to being a PCS member, he was a member of the IEEE Communications, Computer, and Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control societies.

Lantsberg earned a diploma, similar to a U.S. master’s degree, in foreign languages in 1949 from the Soviet Military University of Foreign Languages.

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