Donald G. Brennan


Donald G. Brennan
Waterbury, CT, USA
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Donald G. Brennan was born in Waterbury, Conn., on April 9, 1926. From 1942 to 1944, he was engaged in broadcast and communication system engineering and from 1944 to 1947, he was with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, principally as Chief of Communications, Southern Islands Command, Southwest Pacific Theater. From 1947 to 1949, he was chief engineer of Radio Station WWCO, Waterbury, Conn. In 1949-1951, he was an instructor at the Ward School of Electronics of the University of Hartford, Conn. He has been at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., since 1951, and the M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory since 1953, where he has conducted ionosphere research, electronic circuit and system design, and mathematical research. He was engaged in basic research in mathematics, and some occasional teaching in the M.I. T. Department of Mathematics, while continuing his association with the Lincoln Laboratory. He was a Gerard Swope Fellow during the 1955-1956 academic year. He received a bachelors degree in mathematics from M.I.T. in 1955 and a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1965.

He was a registered professional engineer in Connecticut, a member of Sigma Xi and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and an Institutional Member of the American Mathematical Society.

Brennan was a founder of the Hudson Institute in 1961 with Herman Kahn, and conducted studies and research for the Government. Brennan also served as a consultant to the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Executive Office of the President and to several research organizations.

Brennan died on April 18th, 1980.