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Alfred L. Loomis

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Dates

November 4, 1887 – August 11, 1975

Authorized Form of Name

Loomis, Alfred L. (Alfred Lee), 1887-1975

Additional Forms of Names

Loomis, A. L. (Alfred Lee), 1887-1975

Biography

Abstract

Alfred L. Loomis was President of Loomis Institute for Scientific Research, Inc. (1933-1969). Other institutional affiliations included Bonbright and Co. and Winthrop and Stimson. His research interests included radar and ballistics.

Important Dates

November 4, 1887Birth, New York (N.Y.).

1909Obtained AB, Yale University, New Haven (Conn.).

1912Obtained LLB, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1912 – 1917Attorney, Winthrop and Stimson, New York (N.Y.).

1917 – 1919Officer, Aberdeen Proving Ground, United States Army.

1919 – 1933Vice President, Bonbright and Co, New York (N.Y.).

1928 – 1941Director, Loomis Laboratory.

1933 – 1969President, Loomis Institute for Scientific Research, Inc, Tuxedo Park (N.Y.).

1940 – 1946Chair, Microwave Committee (1940-1941); Vice Chair, Division D (Detection, Controls, Instruments) (1941-1942); and Vice Chair, Division 14 (Radar), Office of Scientific Research and Development (1942-1946), National Defense Research Committee.

1941Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1948 – 1957Member, Board of Trustees, RAND Corporation.

August 11, 1975Death, East Hampton (N.Y.).

Occupation

Attorney, investment banker, philanthropist, and physicist.

Places

Birth

New York (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

New Haven (Conn.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Tuxedo Park (N.Y.)

Death

East Hampton (N.Y.)

Subjects

Ballistics.

Biology.

Radar.

Scientists in government.

Relationships

People

Family

Loomis, Alfred L., Jr.

Son.

Loomis, Ellen Farnsworth

First wife.

Loomis, H. P. (Henry Patterson), 1859-1907

Father.

Loomis, Henry

Son.

Loomis, Manette Seeldrayers Hobart

Second wife.

Loomis, William F.

Son.

Additional

Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983

Bowles, Edward Lindley, 1897-1990

Brobeck, William Morrison, 1908-

Bryant, John H.

Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954

Goldhaber, Maurice, 1911-2011

Killian, James Rhyne, 1904-1988

Klopsteg, Paul E. (Paul Ernest), 1889-

Pound, Robert V.

Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950

Cousin.

Institutions

Major Positions

Bonbright and Co.

Vice President.

Loomis Institute for Scientific Research, Inc.

President and Director, Loomis Laboratory.

United States. Army

Officer, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development. National Defense Research Committee

Chair, Microwave Committee; Vice Chair, Division D (Detection, Controls, Instruments); and Vice Chair, Division 14 (Radar).

Winthrop and Stimson

Attorney.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Harvard University

Obtained LLB (1912).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Rand Corporation

Member, Board of Trustees.

Yale University. Physics Department

Obtained AB (1909).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Alfred L. Loomis papers, 1926-1975.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Subject

Edward Lindley Bowles papers, 1869-1990 (bulk 1920-1982).

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

John Bryant collection.

Archives

Historical Electronics Museum, Inc.

P. O. Box 746, M.S. 4015, Baltimore, MD 21203, USA

MIT Office of the President records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian, 1930-1959.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Oral history interview with Henry A. Barton, 1970 March 3 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Luis Alvarez, 1967 February 14 and 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Maurice Goldhaber, 1967 January 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Paul E. Klopsteg, 1970 March 31.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert V. Pound, 2006 September 23, November 4, 18, 2007 February 19 and April 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Vannevar Bush, 1964.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Vannevar Bush, 1964.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Oral history interview with William M. Brobeck, 1975 June 19, 29, October 26 and 1976 February 1.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Summary technical report of Division 14, NDRC / U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development, Vannevar Bush, Director, National Defense Research Committee, James B. Conant, Chairman, A.L. Loomis, Chief.

Subject

"Alfred Lee Loomis: 1887-1975", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Alfred Loomis Physics Today obituary.

Jennet Conant, Tuxedo Park (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2002)