Harry Diamond was born in Minsk, Russia back in 1900. In 1908, his family moved to the United States growing up in Quincy, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1922 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He completed his master’s degree in 1925.
He joined the National Bureau of Standards in 1927, heading up the research and development department. He was given a task and within two years he developed a system that is still in use to this day. More on that in a moment. He was also tasked with the development of a proximity fuzes for nonrotating projectiles like bombs, rockets and mortars. He died suddenly when he was 48.
What you may not know about Harry is that he developed a radio beacon system that permitted the first “blind” aircraft landing.
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