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PeopleInstitutions

William P. Raney

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Dates

June 27, 1927 – July 21, 2012

Authorized Form of Name

Raney, William P.

Biography

Abstract

William Raney worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for many years (1977-1994). His other institutional affiliations included Harvard University, the United States Navy and Bell Telephone Laboratories. Raney's research interests included finite amplitude effects, propagation at hypersonic frequencies, and linear systems analysis.

Important Dates

June 27, 1927Birth, Neenah (Wis.).

1950Obtained AB, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1953Obtained ScM, Brown University, Providence (R.I.).

1955Obtained PhD in Physics, Brown University, Providence (R.I.).

1955 – 1960Research Fellow in Acoustics (1955-1956) and Assistant Professor of Applied Physics (1956-1960), Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1959 – 1960Member, Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories.

1960 – 1962Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota.

1962 – 1964Executive Secretary, Committee on Undersea Warfare, National Research Council.

1964 – 1972Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research and Development, United States Navy.

1971 – 1978Chief Scientist and Deputy Director, Office of Naval Research, Arlington (Va.).

1977 – 1994Chief Engineering, Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications (1977-1978); Assistant Associate Administrator, Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications (1978-1984); Director, Utilization and Performance Requirements Division, Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications (1984-1987); and Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator, Office of Space Station (1987-1994), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Washington (D.C.).

July 21, 2012Death, Alexandria (Va.).

Occupation

Acoustician.

Places

Birth

Neenah (Wis.)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Providence (R.I.)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

Arlington (Va.)

Washington (D.C.)

Death

Alexandria (Va.)

Subjects

Aerodynamics, Hypersonic.

Sound.

Relationships

People

Family

Raney, Anneke

Daughter.

Raney, Carol B.

Wife.

Raney, Christopher

Son.

Raney, Gillian

Daughter.

Raney, Jennifer

Daughter.

Colleagues

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

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ashkin, Arthur, 1922-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bloembergen, N.

Both employed at Harvard University.

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

Both employed at Harvard University and 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.

Brooks, Harvey

Both employed at Harvard University.

Buchsbaum, Solomon J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Carrier, George F.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Chynoweth, A. G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Clogston, Albert McCavour

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Cormack, Allan MacLeod, 1924-1998

Both employed at Harvard University.

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.

Emmons, H. W. (Howard W.)

Both employed at Harvard University.

Feher, George, 1924-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

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

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fletcher, James Chipman, 1919-1991

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Furry, W. H. (Wendell Hinkle), 1907-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Geballe, Theodore H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Gehrels, Neil

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Glauber, Roy J., 1925-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Gossard, A. C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hagstrum, Homer D.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Herring, William Conyers, 1914-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hopfield, John J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Jones, Robert T. (Robert Thomas), 1910-1999

Both employed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Kelly, Mervin Joe

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kemble, Edwin C. (Edwin Crawford), 1889-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Kompfner, Rudolf, 1909-1977

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.

Martin, Paul Cecil, 1931-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Mather, John C.

Both employed at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Matthias, Bernd T., 1918-1980

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pfann, William G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pound, Robert V.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Purcell, Edward M.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011

Both employed at Harvard University.

Richards, Paul L. (Paul Linford)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994

Both employed at Harvard University.

Smith, George E., 1930-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Stillinger, F. H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Street, Jabez Curry, 1906-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Suhl, Harry

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

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

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Both employed at Harvard University.

Wu, Tai Tsun

Both employed at Harvard University.

Yariv, Amnon

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Institutions

Major Positions

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Member, Technical staff.

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Obtained AB (1950). Research Fellow in Acoustics.

Harvard University. Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Assistant Professor of Applied Physics.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Chief Engineering; Director, Utilization and Performance Requirements Division; and Assistant Associate Administrator (Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications). Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator (Office of Space Station).

United States. Navy

Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research and Development.

United States. Office of Naval Research

Chief Scientist and Deputy Director.

University of Minnesota. Department of Electrical Engineering

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Acoustical Society of America

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Physical Society

Brown University. Department of Physics

Obtained ScM (1953) and PhD (1955).

National Research Council (U.S.)

Executive Secretary, Committee on Undersea Warfare.

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of North America

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