George Town


George Town
Poultney, VT, USA
Associated organizations
Iowa State University


George R. Town (IRE Associate, 1937; Senior Member, 1944; and Fellow, 1950) was born in Poultney, Vermont, on 26 May 1905. He received the E.E. and the D. Engr. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1926 and 1929, respectively.

From 1929 to 1933, Town conducted research at the Leeds and Northrup Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Then he taught at Rensselaer for three years, from 1933 to 1936. He worked at the Stromberg-Carlson Company, Rochester, New York from 1936 to 1949, spending the last five years at the company as Manager of Engineering and Research.

In 1949, Town became the Associate Director of the Engineering Experiment Station and a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University in Ames. He took at twenty-month leave of absence to work as the Executive Director of the Television Allocation Study Organization in Washington, D.C. He returned to Iowa State University, and in 1959 was named Dean of the College of Engineering.

Town was a Fellow of the IRE and the AIEE, a member of ASEE, NSPE, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Phi Kappa Phi.