Elected in 1977
“For contributions to physical electronics, analog computers and the management of research and development.”
BY JOHN P. STENBIT
DEAN EVERETT WOOLDRIDGE, co-founder of the Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation, later TRW, and a leader of applications of electronics to support the military, died on September 20, 2006, at the age of 93. Wooldridge was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences (1969) and the National Academy of Engineering (1977).
Wooldridge and his long-time business partner, Simon Ramo (NAE and NAS), founded Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation with two administrative employees and two telephones. Within a week of its formation, the company was chosen to lead the development of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programs for the U.S. Air Force. That initial contract led to several major divisions of Northrop Grumman that employ tens of thousands of engineers, who are still working on applications of advanced technology to address military needs.
Dean Wooldridge was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, on May 30, 1913. His brilliance was apparent early on, and he graduated from high school at the age of 14. After waiting to reach the minimum age requirement, he attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received his B.S. and M.S. in physics in