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Communication & Space
Sciences Laboratory

Arthur Henry Waynick


Dr. Waynick profoundly influenced the course of radio science and atmospheric research, both in the United States and abroad. His interest in these fields was established during a period of study at the Cavendish Laboratory from 1937-39. He returned to the United States in 1939, worked in the Harvard University Underwater Sound Laboratory, then transferred to Penn State in 1947. Here he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and served as head and as the first departmental A. Robert Noll Professor until his retirement in 1971.

In 1949 he founded the Ionosphere Research Laboratory, later to become the Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory at Penn State, served as its director until his retirement, and continued an active participation until his death. Of particular note was his policy of bringing together a group of outstanding international scientists as resident consultants to the laboratory, a program that proved immensely productive in engaging both staff and students in cooperative research activities in important new fields of study. He was chairman of the U. S. National Committee of URSI in 1954 and was a member of the U. S. National Committee for the IGY, the NSF Advisory Panel of the IQSY, and the National Academy of Sciences Geophysical Research Board Panel on the IQSY. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Space Science Board Committee on Atmospheres of the Earth and the Planets and also served as chairman of the NSF Advisory Panel on Atmospheric Sciences. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.