Elected in 1999
“For the invention and development of antennas and microwave components for missiles and spacecraft.”
BY JOHN BROOKS SLAUGHTER
HOWARD S. JONES JR., an engineer, scientist, and inventor who was renowned for his work on radar and communications antennas and systems, died on February 26, 2005, at the age of 83. At the time of his death, he was an independent consultant in microwave electronics, a field in which he had made significant technical contributions.
Howard Jones was born on August 18, 1921, in Richmond, Virginia. He received his education in that city culminating with a B.S. in mathematics and physics from Virginia Union University in 1943. He received a Certificate in Engineering from Howard University in 1944 and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1973. In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Howard served in the military, in academe, in the corporate world, and in government. An internationally recognized expert on microwaves and radar antenna systems, Howard was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999.
After two years in the army during World War II, Howard went to work as an electronics physicist with the National Bureau of Standards, later the Harry Diamond Research Laboratories of the U.S. Army Laboratory Command, in Adelphi, Maryland. During his 34-year tenure there, he was a prolific inventor who received 31 patents for microwave antennas, electronic compo-