Albert G. Lee


Albert G. Lee
Albert G. Lee
Conway, Wales, UK
Death date
Associated organizations
British Post Office Engineering
Fields of study
IRE Medal of Honor


Albert G. Lee entered the British Post Office Engineering Service in 1903. During his years there he was involved in the introduction of Pupin coils into cables and the design and testing of submarine and other cables. Subsequently he spent four years on District telephone and telegraph work, and then returned to the Headquarters in London where he gained further experience in different phases of telephony and telegraphy. 

During World War I Lee volunteered for service, receiving a commission in December, 1914, in the Royal Engineers (Signal Service). During the major portion of the war he was in command of a telegraph construction company, and later took the role of Officer-in-Charge, General Headquarters Signal Area, and second in command of L. Signal Battalion. At the conclusion of the war he held the rank of Major. Lee was mentioned in official dispatches and received the Military Cross for his service. At the end of the war, Lee remained in the Supplementary Reserve, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Corps of Signals.

In 1920 Lee became involved with radio work and soon became Staff Engineer in charge of the radio section of the British Post office. Here he was involved with the the development of a coupled circuit arc, the high-power station at Rugby, and the transatlantic telephone and short-wave telephone service.

Professional Affiliations

Lee was a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers for a number of years and served as Chairman of the Wireless Section in 1927-1928. He was also a member of the Committee on Admissions of the Institute of Radio Engineers and was elected a Fellow in the Institute in 1929. He was a member of the Radio Research Board and Chairman of the Atmospherics Committee of that board.

Lee was awarded the IRE Medal of Honor in 1939, "For his accomplishments in promoting international radio services and in fostering advances in the art and science of radio communication."

Lee died on 26 August 1967 in London.