Oral-History:David Middleton (2000)
About David Middleton
Middleton went to Harvard for a Bachelors in Physics (1942). He then worked at the Radio Research Laboratory at Harvard during World War II, working on radar counter-measures, passive and active jamming. This work flowed into work on communication theory, the study of the transfer of information; as statistically based applied physics. He did his graduate work at Harvard, then taught there, but in 1955 shifted to a career in consulting. His career has centered on noise and signal communication theory, including work lately on scattered channels and models of interference. He has been involved in the IRE and IEEE, particularly with the Information Theory Society, Signal Processing Society, Oceanic Engineering Society, Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, and the Electromagnetic Compatibility Group.
See David Middleton Oral History (2007) for a later interview updating Middleton's predictions on the future of communications work and discussing his work on a physics reference text.
About the Interview
DAVID MIDDLETON: An Interview Conducted by Michael N. Geselowitz, IEEE History Center, 14 February 2000
Interview # 388 for the IEEE History Center, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Inc., and
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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