Edward Ginzton

Edward Ginzton
Born (1915-12-27)December 27, 1915
Died August 13, 1998(1998-08-13) (aged 82)
Residence United States
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University
Awards IEEE Medal of Honor (1969)
Scientific career
Fields Electrical engineering
Institutions Stanford University

Dr Edward Leonard Ginzton (December 27, 1915 – August 13, 1998) was a Ukrainian-American engineer.


Ginzton completed his B.S. (1936) and M.S. (1937) in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley[1] and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1941.[2]


As a student at Stanford University, Ginzton worked with William Hansen and brothers Russell and Sigurd Varian. In 1941 he became a member of the Varian-Hansen group at the Sperry Gyroscope Company.[3]

Ginzton was appointed Assistant Professor in Physics at Stanford University in 1945[4] and remained on the faculty until 1961.[5]

In 1949, Ginzton and Marvin Chodorow developed the 1 BeV 220 accelerator in the at Stanford University. After completion of the 1 BeV 220 accelerator, Ginzton became director of the Microwave Laboratory which was later renamed the Ginzton Laboratory.[6]

Ginzton, along with Russell and Sigurd Varian, was one of the original board members of Varian Associates, founded in 1948.[7] The nine initial directors of the company were Ginzton, Russell, Sigurd and Dorothy Varian, H. Myrl Stearns, Stanford University faculty members William Webster Hansen and Leonard I. Schiff, legal counsel Richard M. Leonard, and patent attorney Paul B. Hunter.[8]

Ginzton became CEO and chairman of Varian Associates after Russell Varian died of a heart attack and Sigurd Varian died in a plane crash.[9]

Ginzton was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1969 for "his outstanding contributions in advancing the technology of high power klystrons and their application, especially to linear particle accelerators."

Ginzton was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and in the National Academy of Sciences.

His biography is available online. [10]


Ginzton was born in Ukraine[11] and lived in China before moving to California in 1929.[12]

On June 16, 1939, Ginzton and Artemas Alma McCann (1913–2000) married. Artemas was the daughter of James Arthur and Alma (Hawes) McCann. The Ginztons had four children: Anne Ginzton Cottrell (1942), Leonard Edward Ginzton (1943), Nancy Hader Ginzton (1946), and David Edward Ginzton (1948).