Richard C. Williamson - Biography

Dr. Richard C. Williamson is a part-time senior staff member in the Communications and Community Outreach Office. He joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1970 and worked on the development of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices for signal processing in radar and communication systems. He led the development of the first reflective-array compressors and became associate leader of the Analog Device Technology Group.

Dr. Williamson's transition from basic research to systems development included a trip to the Kwajalein Atoll radar-measurements field site, where he debugged signal processing hardware and installed wideband SAW devices in the ALCOR radar. In 1980, he became the leader of the Applied Physics Group, which carried out development of optical devices. He has published three book chapters and many technical papers on a wide range of topics. His professional activities include considerable involvement with the Optical Society of America and the IEEE. He is an IEEE Fellow, received a Career Achievement Award, and was a National Lecturer.

Dr. Williamson received SB and PhD degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His PhD thesis work on ultrasonic studies of low-temperature physics was followed by a five-year postdoctoral position in the MIT Materials Science Center.








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