Letters written to him and copies of letters by him; manuscripts of speeches, course lectures, papers and books; reprints;
notebooks; research proposals; materials relating to University committees and institutes, research notes; personalia, etc.,
documenting his career at the University and his research in microwave electronics and the space sciences. Also included are
correspondence, minutes of meetings, summaries of papers and reports, relating to the activities of and his involvement in
various professional organizations, most notably the International Union of Radio Science and the International Council of
Samuel Silver was born on February 25, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Boris and Molly (Agrin) Silver. His early schooling
was in Philadelphia and he attended Temple University there from 1931 to 1937, graduating with an M.A. in physics with a mathematics
minor. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940 with a dissertation
on vibrational state of polyatomic molecules and worked then as a research assistant at the Mendenhall Laboratory of Physics
of Ohio State University. From 1941 to January of 1943 he was, successively, instructor and assistant professor of physics
at the University of Oklahoma. He returned to M.I.T. in 1943 to work with the antenna group at the Radiation Laboratory on
the theory of microwave antennas and networks. In 1946 he went on to head a basic research group at the newly formed Antenna
Research Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.
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