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Rudolf Kompfner

Photo

Dates

May 16, 1909 – December 3, 1977

Authorized Form of Name

Kompfner, Rudolf, 1909-1977

Biography

Abstract

Physicist (integrated optics, communications satellites, optical communications) and inventor of the traveling wave tube. Research physicist at Birmingham University (1941-1944), Oxford University's Clarendon Laboratory (1944-1951), Bell Laboratories (1952-1973) and on the faculties of both Stanford University and Oxford University (1973-1977).

Important Dates

May 16, 1909Birth, Vienna (Austria).

1933Obtained Diplom, Vienna Technical University (Technische Hochschule Wien), Vienna (Austria).

1934 – 1936Architectural Apprentice, P. D. Hepworth, London (England).

1936 – 1941Architect, Franey and Sons, London (England).

1941 – 1950Principal Scientific Officer (1941-1946) and Distinguished Scientist (1946-1950), British Admiralty.

1951Obtained DPhil in Physics, Oxford University, Oxford (England).

1951 – 1973Member, Technical Staff (1951-1955); Director, Electronics Research (1955-1957); Director, Electronics and Radio Research (1957-1962); and Associate Executive Director of Research and Communications Sciences (1962-1973), Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill (N.J.).

1968Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1973 – 1976Professor of Engineering, Oxford University.

1974Awarded National Medal of Science.

1974 – 1977Professor of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

December 3, 1977Death, Stanford (Calif.).

Occupation

Integrated optician.

Places

Birth

Vienna (Austria)

Undergraduate Education

Vienna (Austria)

Graduate Education

Oxford (England)

Employment

London (England)

Murray Hill (N.J.)

Death

Stanford (Calif.)

Subjects

Klystrons.

Magnetrons.

Optics.

Radio waves.

Traveling-wave tubes.

Relationships

People

Family

Kompfner, Bernhardt

Father.

Kompfner, Paula

Mother.

Kompfner, Peggy Mason

Wife.

Advisors & Collaborators

Fuchs, Wolfgang H. J. (Wolfgang Heinrich Johannes), 1915-1997

Co-wrote a paper on space charge effects in velocity modulated electron beams.

Colleagues

Ahlers, G. (Günter)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Appelbaum, J. A. (Joel A.)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ashkin, Arthur, 1922-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Aspnes, D. E.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Beasley, Malcolm

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bienenstock, Arthur

Both employed at Stanford University.

Birgeneau, Robert J. (Robert Joseph), 1942-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Bode, Hendrik W. (Hendrik Wade), 1905-1982

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Boyle, Willard S., 1924-2011

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Brattain, Walter H. (Walter Houser), 1902-1987

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Brinkman, William F. (William Frank), 1938-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Buchsbaum, Solomon J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Buckley, Oliver Ellsworth, 1887-1959

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Byer, R. L. (Robert L.), 1942-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Chodorow, Marvin

Both employed at Stanford University.

Chu, Ching-wu, 1941-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Chynoweth, A. G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Clogston, Albert McCavour

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Cohen, Marvin L.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Cutler, Cassius Chapin

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Darlington, Sidney, 1906-1997

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

David, Edward E.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

DiSalvo, Francis

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Dynes, Robert C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Feher, George, 1924-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fleury, Paul A.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fulton, Theodore Alan

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Galt, John Kirtland, 1920-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Geballe, Theodore H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories and Stanford University.

Gossard, A. C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hagstrum, Homer D.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Halperin, Bertrand I.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hamann, Donald, 1939-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Herring, William Conyers, 1914-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hohenberg, Pierre C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hopfield, John J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kelly, Mervin Joe

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kittel, Charles

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kraichnan, Robert H., 1928-2008

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lander, James J., 1914-1996

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lax, Melvin J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lee, P. A. (Patrick A.), 1946-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Libchaber, Albert J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Matthias, Bernd T., 1918-1980

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

McMillan, William L.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Osheroff, Douglas D.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Patel, C. Kumar N.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Penzias, Arno A.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pfann, William G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Phillips, J. C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Raney, William P.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Rice, Thomas Maurice, 1939-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Richards, Paul L. (Paul Linford)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Rowell, John Martin, 1935-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Sarachik, Myriam P.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Shank, C. V. (Charles V.)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Shockley, William, 1910-1989

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories and Stanford University.

Smith, George E., 1930-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Smith, Neville, 1942-2006

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Stillinger, F. H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Suhl, Harry

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Tauc, J. (Jan)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Thomas, D. G. (David Gilbert), 1928-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Tsui, D. C. (Daniel Chee), 1939-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Weeks, John David

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Wilson, Robert Woodrow, 1936-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Yariv, Amnon

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Additional

Bleaney, B. (Brebis)

Bloembergen, N.

Gordon, James P.

Kogelnik, Herwig W.

Pierce, John R. (John Robinson), 1910-2002

Scovil, Henry Evelyn Derrick, 1923-

Siegman, A. E.

Weber, J. (Joseph), 1919-2000

Institutions

Major Positions

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Member, Technical Staff; Director, Electronics Research; Director, Electronics and Radio Research; and Associate Executive Director of Research and Communications Sciences.

Great Britain. Admiralty

Principal Scientific Officer and Distinguished Scientist.

Stanford University. Department of Applied Physics

Professor of Applied Physics.

University of Oxford. Department of Engineering

Professor of Engineering.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Technische Hochschule Wien

Obtained Diplom in 1933.

University of Oxford. Department of Physics

Obtained DPhil in 1951.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Rudolf Kompfner papers, 1937-1981.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Rudolf Kompfner papers.

AT& T Archives and History Center

AT& T Inc.

5 Reinman Road, Warren, NJ 07060, USA

University-industry interactions [sound recording], 1973.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

AT&T Archives and History Center records, 1869- present.

AT& T Archives and History Center

AT & T Archives and History Center

4949 Von Scheele, San Antonio, Texas, 78229, USA

History of traveling wave tubes [videorecording] / Taped at Hughes Aircraft Co., Canoga Park, CA ; 1983 April 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Anthony Edward Siegman, 1984 January 23 and 1986 August 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Arno A. Penzias, 2006 January 19, March 21 and 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Brebis Bleaney, 1982 January 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Henry Evelyn Derik Scovil, 1983 July 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Herwig Kogelnik, 1986 May 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with James Gordon, 1986 October 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John Robinson Pierce, 1979 April 16-27.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Oral history interview with Joseph Weber, 1983 April 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Nicolaas Bloembergen, 1983 June 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

The invention of the traveling-wave tube.

Subject

Rudolf Kompfner Physics Today obituary.

Rudolf Kompfner: 1909-1977, Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences