Wilmer L. Barrow

Barrow with the first horn antenna
Wilmer L. Barrow
Born (1903-07-26)July 26, 1903[1]
Died August 29, 1975(1975-08-29) (aged 72)[2]
Awards IEEE Edison Medal (1966)

Wilmer Lanier Barrow (July 26, 1903 – August 29, 1975) was an American electrical engineer, inventor, teacher, industrial manager, and a counselor to government agencies.[3] He obtained a BSEE degree in 1926 from Louisiana State University, and a D.Sc. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1931.[4] During the pre-World War 2 development of radar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Barrow performed research on microwaves, inventing waveguide in 1936 and the horn antenna in 1938.[5]

He was vice president for research, development and engineering of the Sperry Rand Corporation.

He was elected to the grade of Fellow in the IEEE in 1941, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1942.[6] In 1943 he received the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award In 1966 he received the IEEE Edison Medal For a career of meritorious achievement-innovating, teaching and developing means for transmission of electromagnetic energy at microwave frequencies. He was a member of Sigma Xi.


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  4. ^ IRE Directory. Institute of Radio Engineers. January 1, 1960.
  5. ^ Packard, Karle S. (September 1984). "The Origin of Waveguides: A Case of Multiple Rediscovery" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. Inst. of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. MTT-32 (9): 961–969. Bibcode:1984ITMTT..32..961P. doi:10.1109/tmtt.1984.1132809. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2011.