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Albert Wallace Hull

Albert Wallace HullBorn: 19-Apr-1880
Birthplace: Southington, CT
Died: 22-Jan-1966
Location of death: Schenectady, NY
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Inventor of the magnetron tube

Inventor of a number of vacuum tubes, including the dynatron, the pliodynatron, the thyratron, and the magnetron. This last tube provided 15,000 watts of power and was controlled magnetically, suitable for amplifiers or oscillators, and particularly useful for radar. These tube designs were particularly important for his employer General Electric, since key patents were held by Lee De Forest and Edwin H. Armstrong. Other work he did involved X-Ray analysis of crystals.

    University: BA Greek, Yale University
    Teacher: Language Teacher, Albany Academy
    University: PhD, Yale University (1909)
    Professor: Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    General Electric Assistant Director of Lab, Schenectady (1928-50)
    General Electric Research Assistant (1914-28)
    National Academy of Sciences
    American Physical Society President (1942)
    IEEE Medal of Honor 1958


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