BY LAURENCE J. ADAMS
ALBERT C. HALL, a pioneer in the field of automatic control and servomechanisms, died on September 14, 1992, in Washington, D.C. after a long illness.
Dr. Hall received his B.S. degree from Texas A&M College in 1936. He then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he continued his studies and worked as an instructor in the Electrical Engineering Department. He received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1938 and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1943. His doctorate thesis is part of the foundation of automatic control theory.
He continued his stay at MIT as an associate professor. During World War II, as a member of the MIT faculty and research staff, he led the development of the control system for the U.S. Navy's first operational guided missile. After the war, at the request of the navy, he founded and became the first director of the Dynamic Analysis and Control Laboratory, which was dedicated to the development of guided missile control systems. He continued in this activity until 1950 when he joined the Bendix Aviation Corporation as associate director of their research labs.
His creative genius continued to thrive while he was at Bendix. He was responsible for the work that led to the country's first computer-controlled production tool. This tool, a profiling mill, was in operation for many years after its installation