William Delmar Hershberger (1903-1987) received his Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (1937).
He worked on submarine detection using underwater sound, applied pulsed microwaves to target detection, laid out the first
complete radar equipment used in the successful 1937 Signal Corps tests, and worked on airborne radar and microwave radar
techniques. He was also an engineering professor at UCLA from 1949 until his death. The collection consists of Hershberger's
laboratory notebooks pertaining to his predoctoral research at the U.S. Signal Corps Laboratories from 1931-37 and miscellaneous
correspondence and manuscripts.
William Delmar Hershberger was born on May 10, 1903 in Wellman, Iowa; AB in Mathematics, Goshen College, 1927; AM in Physics,
George Washington University, 1930; Ph.D in electrical engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1937; as a junior physicist
at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, 1927-31, Hershberger worked on submarine detection using underwater sound;
worked at U.S. Signal Corps Laboratories in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, 1931-37, where he applied pulsed microwaves to target
detection; in 1936 he laid out the first complete radar equipment used in the successful 1937 Signal Corps tests; engineer,
RCA, 1937-49, where he worked on airborne radar and microwave radar techniques; was an engineering professor at UCLA from
1949 until his death on February 8, 1987.
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