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

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Alfred Lee Loomis, 1887-1975, A.B. in physics, 1909, Yale University; LL.B. 1912, Harvard Law School, was a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation from 1931 until his death in 1975. He established Loomis Laboratories in 1926 in Tuxedo Park, New York, to conduct independently financed research on a wide range of scientific topics. As chairman of the Microwave Committee of the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC), he was influential in establishing the government wartime radar research lab, the Radiation Laboratory, at MIT in 1940. During World War II he was Chief, National Defense Research Committee, Division 14, Radar. He was also a pioneer in the development of the LORAN navigational system. For his wartime achievements, he was awarded the US Medal of Merit and the King's Medal for Service from Great Britain. A lawyer, financier, and physicist, he devoted much of his life to science, serving as an advisor and benefactor to such institutions as MIT and the University of California at Berkeley. In 1940 he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

From the guide to the Alfred L. Loomis papers, 1926-1975, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections)

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referencedIn Bowles, Edward Lindley, 1897-1990. Edward Lindley Bowles papers, 1869-1990 (bulk 1920-1982). Library of Congress
referencedIn Edward Lindley Bowles Papers, 1869-1990, (bulk 1920-1982) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Alfred L. Loomis papers, 1926-1975 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Davis, Hallowell, 1896-. Papers of Hallowell Davis, 1941-1979 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Eastham, Melville, 1885-1964. Melville Eastham papers, 1908-1973 (bulk 1930-1964). Library of Congress
referencedIn Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian, 1930-1959 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Bryant, John. John Bryant collection. American Institute of Physics
referencedIn Melville Eastham Papers, 1908-1973, (bulk 1930-1964) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Loomis, Alfred Lee, 1887-1975. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1933. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. Harold Phelps Stokes papers, 1908-1969 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988. Oral history interview with Luis Alvarez, 1967 February 14 and 15. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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associatedWith Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988. person
correspondedWith Bowles, Edward Lindley, 1897-1990. person
associatedWith Bryant, John. person
associatedWith Davis, Hallowell, 1896- person
correspondedWith Eastham, Melville, 1885-1964. person
associatedWith Loomis Laboratories (Tuxedo Park, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Office of the President corporateBody
associatedWith Stokes, Harold Phelps, 1887-1970. person
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Birth 1887-11-04

Death 1975-08-11

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