Ridenour, Louis Nicot
(1911-1959) American physicist, served in leading academic, industry, and government positions, notably as chief scientist with the US Air Force in the early 1950s.
Louis N. Ridenour received his Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1936, and began work at Princeton University. In 1938 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania, were he remained until 1947. He then went to the University of Illinois, but left there in 1951 to become vice president of the International Telemeter Corp. He also served in several positions with scientific organizations in the Federal Government, most significantly as chief scientist with the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s. From 1955-1959 he held management positions at Lockheed's Missile Systems Division in Burbank, California.
1911, Nov. 11 Born, Montclair, N. J.
- 1932 B.S. in physics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
- 1934 Married Gretchen Hinckley Kraemer
- 1936-1938 Instructor in physics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
- 1938 Ph.D. in physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
- 1938-1941 Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
- 1941-1944 Assistant director, Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass.; headed team that developed SCR 584 gun laying radar
- 1942-1946 Consultant to the secretary of war; field duty as chief radar advisor in North African, European, and Pacific theaters of World War II
- 1947-1951 Professor of physics and dean of graduate college, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.
- Editor-in-chief, Radiation Laboratory series of technical books
- 1948-1952 Chairman, scientific advisory board to the chief of staff, United States Air Force
- 1951-1954 Vice president, International Telemeter Corp., Los Angeles, Calif.
- 1952-1953 Visiting professor of engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.
- 1954 Published and edited with William A. Nierenberg, Modern Physics for the Engineer (New York:McGraw-Hill. 2 vols.)
- 1955 Director of program development, Missile System Division, Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, Calif.
- 1955-1957 Director of research, Missile System Division, Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, Calif.
- 1957-1959 Assistant general manager and chief scientist, Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, Calif.
- 1959 Vice president and general manager, Electronics and Avionics Division, Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank Calif.
- 1959, May 21 Died, Washington, D.C.
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