EMC Society Founder Passes: Fred Haber 1921-2007

Fred Haber was one of the original Founders of the EMC Society in 1957. He was born on July 1, 1921 in New York City and passed away this year on September 20th, shortly after the 2007 IEEE International Symposium on EMC in Hawaii. He was unable to come to Hawaii and participate in the anniversary celebration due to health reasons.
He was a World War II veteran and he worked for Arma Corporation in 1948 and then RCA until he began his association with the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. During a leave from the University from 1962-1963, he was a consultant to General Precision, Inc. where he developed a signal-processing scheme for gravity measurements. In 1968, he was a visiting Professor at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran, where he introduced new courses in communication and random processes at the senior and graduate level. During the summers of 1972 and 1973, he was a consultant to the US Navy Underwater Systems Center in EMC with contributions in modeling and analyzing emission fields and in systems analysis of EMC.
Fred received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1948 and his Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953 and 1960, respectively. He was a Professor at the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania where he taught courses in probability, statistics, random processes, communications theory, information theory, and coding. His work at the University of Pennsylvania stretched from 1951 to 1987 when he retired and became a Professor Emeritus.
He had 23 Ph.D. students graduate under his advisorship and he directed 70 Masters theses. In addition, he published over 60 technical papers in his areas of specialty. In 1974, his book “Introduction to Communications and Information Theory” was published.
He moved to Florida in his retirement and became associated with Florida Atlantic University.
He was a Fellow of the IEEE for “contributions to electromagnetic compatibility measurement and analysis and to communications theory and systems.” He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Chairman of the Philadelphia IEEE Section in 1974 and 1975, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on EMC from 1974 to 1976.
His research included the properties, modeling, and measurement of radio frequency interference (RFI) and its effect upon communication systems; signal design for multipath channels, analysis of spread spectrum systems, and design of a space borne system for measuring potentially interfering electromagnetic emissions from the earth.
He was married to Esther Gershman in 1948 and they had two children, Jill and Carl.
Note: The author wishes to express his gratitude to Ellen Sandel, the daughter of the late Len Thomas, another well-known Founder of the EMC Society, who provided access to her father’s extensive library of IEEE EMC Society material. In particular, the IEEE Fellow application of Mr. Haber from this library provided invaluable information for this article.

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