Paul H. Carr (physicist)

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Paul Henry Carr (born May 12, 1935)[1] is a physicist and researcher. His ten patents have contributed to compact, low-cost filters and signal processing devices for radar, TV, and cell phones.

Paul H. Carr


Born in Boston, raised in Cabot and Richford, VT, Carr graduated from Boston Latin School in 1953, earned a B.S. degree in physics in 1957, and a M.S. degree in physics in 1961, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a Ph.D., also in physics, from Brandeis University in 1966.[2]

After serving as a lieutenant in the Army Ordnance Corps, Redstone Arsenal, AL, Carr led the Component Technology Branch of the Air Force Research Laboratory (formerly AF Cambridge Research Laboratory and Rome Laboratory) Bedford, MA from 1967 to 1995. He won the Marcus O'Day Memorial Award for the best laboratory paper published in a scientific journal in 1967. The paper "Microwave Rectification using Quartz and Zinc Oxide" was published in the Journal of Applied Physics, vol.38,5153-5164, December 1967.The Air Force Office of Scientific Research awarded his branch a STAR TEAM Award for basic research excellence in electromagnetic components(1990). He was the Rome Laboratory Ralph I. Cole ENGINEER OF THE YEAR in 1991. His over 80 scientific papers include one on the application of Rome Laboratory Surface Acoustic Wave(SAW)Devices.[3]

The John Templeton Foundationawarded him a grant for the philosophy course "Science and Religion: Cosmos to Consciousness" he taught at UMass Lowell from 1998 to 2000. This inspired his book "Beauty in Science and Spirit," published by Beech River Books in 2006.[4] He authored a number of articles and book reviews in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers elected him a Fellow in 1979 "for contributions to microwave acoustics and their use as signal processing components." He is a life member of the American Physical Society, and a member of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, the American Scientific Affiliation, North American Paul Tillich Society, the Thoreau Society, and the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College.

He was co-editor of the Newsletter of New England Section of the American Physical Society from 2004 to 2012. He participated in a debate on global warming at the American Physical Society Meeting at U Mass Amherst, November 2011. This resulted in his paper "Weather extremes from anthropogenic global warming" published in.[5] He argued that humans influence our climate in an IEEE Climate Discussion/Debate on NewTV, Newton, MA, August 27, 2014, He championed the 2017 CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE on Star Island and presented the PowerPoint “What are we doing to our climate? What is it doing to us? What can we do?"

He established the Paul and Auburn Carr Scholarship in Science and Religion at the Boston University School of Theology in commemoration of his father, Rev. Auburn J. Carr (d. 1985), who graduated in 1932.[6][7]


He and his wife, Karin Hansen Carr (1940—1986), raised five daughters.[8] He married Virginia Kilpack in 2004.



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  2. ^ Who's Who In America - 2003 (57 ed.). Marquis Who's Who. 2002. 
  3. ^ a b IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine Summer 2011
  4. ^ "Beauty in Science and Spirit". Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  5. ^ Natural Science, Vol 5. No. 1A, 130-134, January 2013
  6. ^ "Paul and Auburn Carr Scholarship in Science and Religion". Boston University School of Theology. 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2009-07-16. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Rev. Auburn Carr Served in Milton, Woburn". Boston Globe. 1985-01-02. p. 27. 
  8. ^ "Karin Hansen Carr, Author, Church Singer; At 46". Boston Globe. 1986-05-18. p. 55.