Edwin King Stodola

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Edwin King Stodola (October 31, 1914 – April 6, 1992) was an American radio engineer.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York,[1] and graduated from Cooper Union with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1936 (EE '36) and a Professional Degree in Engineering in 1947 (PDE '47).[2] In 1936, he worked with Radio Engineering Laboratories, then he joined the U.S. Signal Corps in 1939 as a civilian radio engineer. Starting in 1941, and continuing through World War II, he worked at the Evans Signal Laboratory near Belmar, New Jersey.[3]

Following the War, Stodola was a member of Project Diana, a Signal Corps project to investigate long range radar. Led by John H. DeWitt, Jr., this group consisted of a five-man team with Stodola as the chief scientist.[4] During a test on January 10, 1946, this team became the first to bounce a radio signal off the moon and detect the resulting echo (Earth-Moon-Earth or EME).[5][6]

He left the Signal Corps in 1947 and became an engineer with Reeves Instrument Corporation.[3] Stodola received the Presidential Citation from Cooper Union in 1987 in recognition of his contributions to radar and radar tracking systems,[7] and the Radio Club of America's prestigious Armstrong Medal in 1991.[8] A licensed radio amateur (W2AXO) since childhood, he was inducted posthumously into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame in 2011.[9] In 2017 a posthumously-awarded plaque was mounted on the InfoAge Science History Learning Center “Wall of Honor” citing his contributions to Project Diana and the development of long-range radar.[10]

He was married to Elsa D. Stodola in 1939. The couple had a son, Robert King, and three daughters, Cynthia, Leslie, and Sherry. Following Elsa’s death in 1965, he married Rose B. Stodola in 1968. In 1983 he moved to Central Florida.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Edwin King Stodola, 77, 1960". Orlando Sentinel. April 8, 1992. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  2. ^ "Alumni Hall of Fame Members". The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  3. ^ a b "Contributions to the proceedings of the IEEE" (PDF). 1949. p. 275. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  4. ^ Buderi, Robert (1998). The Invention That Changed the World: How a Small Group of Radar Pioneers Won the Second World War and Launched a Technological Revolution. The Sloan technology series. Simon & Schuster. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-684-83529-7.
  5. ^ Butrica, Andrew J. "A Meteoric Start". SP_4218 To See the Unseen. Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  6. ^ Hochheiser, Sheldon (September 8, 2008). "Project Diana". IEEE Global History Network. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  7. ^ "Melbourne resident E. King Stodola recently received the..." Orlando Sentinel. September 30, 1987. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  8. ^ "Radio Club of America Awards". The Radio Club of America. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  9. ^ "CQ Hall of Fame Awards" (PDF). CQ Magazine. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
  10. ^ "InfoAge 'Wall of Honor' August 26, 2017". Retrieved 2017-09-07.

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