Radar Technology Pioneer Merrill Skolnik Dies at 94

Radar Technology Pioneer Merrill Skolnik Dies at 94

Merrill SkolnikFirst recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard MedalLife Fellow, 94; died 27 January
Skolnik served as superintendent of the radar division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 years. While there, he made significant contributions including helping to develop high-frequency, over-the-horizon radar; a system that can identify friend or foe during combat; and high-resolution radar techniques.
For his work in the field, he was named the first recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal…

Former CEO of American Electric Power Dies at 94

Former CEO of American Electric Power Dies at 94

Willis S. “Pete” White Jr.Former CEO of American Electric PowerLife senior member, 94; died 4 July
White served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he joined American Electric Power in Columbus, Ohio, as an assistant engineer. Except for a short period volunteering for the Defense Electric Power Administration during the Korean War, he spent his entire career at AEP.
He worked in managerial positions in New York, Ohio, and Virginia, then became AEP’s chief executive in 1976 and…

Adobe Cofounder Charles Geschke Dies at 81

Adobe Cofounder Charles Geschke Dies at 81

Charles M. GeschkeAdobe cofounderHonorary member, 81; died 16 April Geschke helped create Adobe in 1982 with John Warnock, his colleague from Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in California. Their first Adobe product was PostScript, whose pivotal technology helped spark the desktop publishing revolution. Geschke earned a bachelor’s degree in classics in 1962 from Xavier University, in Cincinnati, where the next year he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He then became a math professor at …