Russell C. Newhouse
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Russell Conwell Newhouse (1906–1998) made many contributions to the advancement of aviation in a distinguished career running from the late 1920s into the 1970s. He was the Director of the Radar Laboratory for the Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1958 to 1968.
Newhouse was born in Clyde, Ohio, on December 17, 1906. At the age of ten, he moved with his parents to a farm in Delaware County near Ostrander, where he completed his elementary and high school education.
He matriculated at Ohio State University from 1925, graduating in 1929 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. His senior thesis, "An Electromagnetic Altimeter", was on the subject of a frequency modulated radio altimeter for aircraft. He primarily worked under the direction of Professor W. L. Everitt. He was granted a Guggenheim Fellowship to permit graduate work on this subject, and received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree in 1930.
1961, he was appointed by the FAA Administrator Najeeb Halaby to be a member of Project Beacon, a group which published the "Report of the Task Force on Air Traffic Control" in October 1961. This report made recommendations for the future of the nation's air navigation and traffic control system.
He was a member of the Millburn Township, New Jersey School Board for many years, and was its president for four of those years.
Newhouse and his wife Clara Lucille have one son, Alan, now a retired senior executive service civilian in the US government whose career focused on nuclear engineering within the Navy, Atomic Energy Commission, Department of Energy, and NASA.
Newhouse was responsible for the development of all of the radars of the Nike Zeus Anti-Missile Missile Defense System, including being responsible for field support, test planning, and data analysis for the Zeus radars in operation at Ascension Island in the South Atlantic: White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and Kwajalein Atoll Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. He was also responsible for the development of the Missile Site Array Radar of the Nike X Anti-Missile Defense System.
- Recipient of the 1967 Pioneer Award Aviation along with Lloyd Espenshied for his work on frequency modulated radio altimeters
- Recipient of The Lawrence Sperry Award – 1938
- The Ohio State University Distinguished Alumni Award, 1959
- The History of Radar – RC Newhouse of Bell Labs obtained a patent, and his experiments performed throughout the decade eventually led to the radio altimeter, which became operational in 1937.
- Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis – the problem of terrestrial tracking radar interfering with a geostationary satellite
- Member of the BIRDS OF A FEATHER DEVELOPMENT TEAM, second from left in team photo
- The BAT Missile
- IEEE Global History Network Oral-History: Charles H. Townes (1992)
- Earth Observation on History on Technology Introduction, page 68
- TRADEX VHF Radar Report
- Burials Delaware County (Ohio) Cemeteries