Benjamin E. Shackelford
Born: August 12, 1891
Benjamin E. Shackelford was born on August 12, 1891, in Richmond, Missouri. He received the A.B. degree in 1912 and the A.M. degree in 1913, both from the University of Missouri. In 1916, he received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago.
From 1912 to 1914, Dr. Shackelford assisted in the physics department of the University of Missouri, and, in the summer of 1915 he was the first Brush Research Fellow at the Nela Research Laboratory. The following year he joined the staff of Westinghouse Lamp Company, where his activities included work in illumination, and incandescent-lamp physics. His direct connection with radio, began in 1918 when he undertook the engineering development of radio tubes for the company.
He became manager of the radio engineering department in 1925, and his work with Westinghouse continued for approximately five years thereafter.
He became a member of the manufacturing department, Radiotron Division, of the Radio Corporation of America at Harrison, N. J. in 1930, and in 1934 was appointed manager of the patent department, activities which included the operation of foreign technical agreements. After serving as manager of the company's foreign license service, Dr. Shackelford transferred to New York where he became assistant to the director of research and later to the chief engineer. In 1942, he was appointed engineer-in-charge of RCA's frequency bureau. In 1944, he was made assistant to the vice-president in charge of RCA Laboratories, and in 1945 director of the license department of the RCA International Division.
Dr. Shackelford is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Franklin Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, Gamma Alpha, and Alpha Chi Sigma.
He joined The Institute of Radio Engineers as an Associate in 1923, transferred to Member grade in 1926, and became a Fellow in 1938. Dr. Shackelford was Chairman of the 1944 Winter Technical Meeting, and he was active on Panels 1 and 2 of the Radio Technical Planning Board. Shackelford was IRE president in 1948.