George Abraham

George Abraham
New York, NY
Death date
Associated organizations
RCA, Naval Research Laboratory
Harry Diamond Award, NRL Edison Award, Desert Storm Science and Engineering Award


George Abraham was born on July 5th, 1918 in New York City to Herbert Abraham and Dorothy Abraham. Abraham enrolled in Brown University where in 1936 he founded the college's radio station with David W. Borst, one of the first carrier current stations. He received degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Brown in 1940, and earned his MS at Harvard in 1942. At Harvard he was director of the Harvard Series Stations WRUL and WRUW Worldwide Broadcasting Foundation, In 1941, he joined RCA in Camden, NJ, and moved to Washington, DC in 1942.

In Washington, Abraham worked at the Naval Research Laboratory, Transmitters section of the Radio Division, the Experimental Devices and Microelectronics Sections, and later as a physicist and head of Systems Applications in the Office of the Director of Research. At the NRL his work led to the establishment of the NRL's Science Education Program. He was elected president-elect of the Washington Academy of Sciences, assuming office May 16th, 1974, and the duties of president in 1975.

Abraham was a founder, past-president, chairman, and director, of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. Inc., a non­profit association of more than 1000 college and university radio stations.

Abraham was faculty of UMD and George Washington University and was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the the Harry Diamond Award, the NRL Edison Award and the Navy's Desert Storm Science and Engineering Award.

He became an associate member of AIEE in 1941, a Member in 1959, and a Fellow of IEEE in 1964 for "research on solid-state phenomena and for contributions to graduate engineering education.". He was affiliated with several IEEE boards including Electron Devices, Integrated Electronics Technical Committee, EASCON, Comm. Systems, Aerospace and Electronic Systems , and USAB. Abraham also authored 50 technical papers, many book chapters and was president of the Washington Academy of Sciences and the Washington Society of Engineers.

Abraham died on August 28th, 1995 in Popham Beach, ME.