Elected in 1967
“For development of microwave tubes.”
BY JOHN J. PEDERSON AND JOHN I. TAYLOR
SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
DR. ROBERT ADLER, a prolific inventor and renowned physicist, perhaps best known as creator of the ultrasonic wireless remote control for television, died February 15, 2007, at the age of 93. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1967, Dr. Adler made many scientific contributions to the electronics industry, including landmark inventions in consumer products and sophisticated, specialized communications equipment. His technical achievements and contributions are documented in his nearly 200 U.S. patents, his numerous honors, and his voluminous technical publications.
Although he will be remembered for his technical achievements, Bob Adler’s simple humanity, strength of character, and outstanding leadership skills were his most memorable traits. A gentle, modest, patient, selfless, and soft-spoken man of unimposing appearance and demeanor, he had a comprehensive knowledge of the laws of physics. His avid appetite for reading, coupled with the extraordinary scope of his scientific curiosity, enabled him to assimilate new discoveries and advances almost instantly. He also had outstanding mentoring and teaching skills and a natural talent for finding a middle ground between conflicting hypotheses and points of view.