George Swenson

George Swenson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1922. He attend Stanford University and obtained his B.S in electrical engineering from the Michigan College of Mining and Technology, his M.S from M.I.T in 1948, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1951. Upon completion of his PhD he took a position as an associate professor in electrical engineering at Washington University, University of Alaska, and Michigan State. In the early stages of his carrier he was interested in acoustics, electromagnetic theory, and analog computation. 

In 1956, having developed an interest in radio astronomy and geophysics he was appointed to a joint position in Astronomy and Electrical Engineering at the University of Urbana Champaign. His chief objective was to develop a radio astronomy research program and radio telescope for the university. His work would result in the construction of the Vermilion River Observatory located near Danville, Illinois. The radio telescopes spanned 400ft to 120ft built on land purchased by the university in 1959, the two telescopes cataloged data interstellar data enabling scientists analysis the molecular composition of interstellar gas.
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Archival Records:
George Swenson papers (record series 11/6/21)
Photos of Swenson and research (digitized and in Archon)
Alumni and Faculty Biographical Morgue File (record series 26/4/1) on Swenson