The Rise and Fall of Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories

 
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This monograph provides a chronological account of how a fledgling research laboratory, which evolved from the MIT Radiation Laboratory and the Harvard Radio Research Laboratory after World War II, rose to become one of the premier research laboratories in the world as evidenced by its major accomplishments throughout its 66 year history. After many years of outstanding productivity the laboratory began to slowly decline. Even though the downsizing began in1974, the Hanscom Field Site continued to be very productive until its final days. In 2005 it was placed on the Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC) list and in August 2011 it was closed. Many of the major events that led to this decline were politically motivated. I had the privilege of collaborating with outstanding scientists from May 1960 to May 2011 and was blessed with a very rewarding career. One of the most ironic outcomes of the AFCRL history was the fact that when the laboratory was first established, the original plan was to move the new laboratory to Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio in 1946; this move actually occurred 65 years later. Also, after the Geophysics Research Directorate (GRD), was moved from New Jersey to Cambridge, MA in July 1948, there were numerous attempts to move GRD to Kirtland AFB. This also occurred in 2011.

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Edward E. Altshuler received the B.S. degree in physics from Northeastern in 1953, the M.S. degree in physics from Tufts in 1954, and the PhD. degree in applied physics from Harvard in 1960. After graduation from Harvard, he joined the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories (AFCRL), at Hanscom AFB. He left AFCRL in 1961 to become Director of Engineering at Gabriel Electronics, Millis, MA. However when Gabriel Electronics relocated to Maine in 1963, he returned to AFCRL as Chief of the Propagation Branch. He was a Lecturer in the Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering from 1964 -1991. He has served on many committees and has received many honors over his very long and distinguished career. He was Chairman of the IEEE Boston Section Antennas and Propagation Society during 1965 -66 and served as Chairman of the 1968 International IEEE AP –S/ URSI Symposium in Boston. He was Associate Editor of Radio Science from 1976 -1978 and is a member of Commissions B and F of the International Radio Scientific Union (URSI). He has served on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and was Chairman of the IEEE Boston Section from 1995 -1996. He served on the IEEE Life Members Committee from 2001-2003 and was Chairman of the NATO Research Study Group on Millimeter Wave Propagation and Target/Background Signatures from 1974 -1993. He was President of the Hanscom Chapter of Sigma Xi during 1989 –90, Chairman of the IEEE Boston Section Fellows and Awards Committee from 1993 -1994, Chairman of the IEEE Boston Section Life Members Chapter from 1998-2010. He received the IEEE Harry Diamond Memorial Award in 1997 and was awarded an IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. He was selected to be a Fellow of the IEEE in 1984 and a Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory in 2000. Dr. Altshuler has authored 3 book chapters, 44 journal articles, 73 conference papers, 20 technical reports and holds 3 patents. In 2010 his family established the Edward E. Altshuler Best Paper Award for the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine.

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