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Document Details


Title: Kenneth T. Bainbridge
Local code: 073
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Rutgers University. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Oral History Center
Collection: Rad Lab Interviews
Description: Kenneth T. Bainbridge was a member of the Radiation Laboratory from 1940 to 1945. As the first member to be recruited and given military security clearance, he traveled to Washington, D.C. in early October 1940. There he met Vannevar Bush, Karl T. Compton, James B. Conant, Ernest O. Lawrence, and Alfred L. Loomis, and visited the Naval Research Laboratory to see radars in operation. He chaired a session of at the Conference on Applied Nuclear Physics, held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 2 to November 2, 1940. At this meeting, heavy recruitment was done behind the scenes for Radiation Laboratory staff. He began as head of the Modulator Group in November 1940. He served in that capacity until March 1941. From March to May 1941 Bainbridge served as a representative on a technical mission in England. From May to August the same year he was assigned to Administration as a British liaison in the document office. He shifted his attention to high-power ground systems, CXBL (ship control of interception class), SM (CXBL), and SCR-615 (S-band ground controlled interception) between August 1941 and May 1942. He became head of Division 8 responsible for SM, SP (shipborne interception-control radar), SCR-682 (ground systems search and warning class) and SCR-584 (S-band AA ground-based fire control), MEW (microwave early-warning radar), search, fighter-control, and fire-control radars.
URL: http://www.ieee.org/portal/cms_docs_iportals/iportals/aboutus/history_center/oral_history/pdfs/Bainbridge073.pdf
Restrictions: This manuscript is being made available for research purposes only. All literary rights in the manuscript, including the right to publish, are reserved to the IEEE History Center. No part of the manuscript may be quoted for publication without the written permission of the Director of IEEE History Center.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1991 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Bainbridge, Kenneth T.
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Scientist
Document location: Weston, MA
Document date: 10-Jun-1991
Interviewer: Bryant, John
Organizations discussed: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Locations discussed: Cambridge, MA; Massachusetts; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Cambridge, MA; Electric engineering; Information technology; Laboratory technicians--Massachusetts; Massachusetts; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; North America; Oral history; Physical sciences; Radiation; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: MIT Radiation Laboratory
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023011-24464