Harrison E. Rowe

Harrison E. Rowe
Harrison E. Rowe
Chicago, IL, USA
Associated organizations
Bell Labs
Fields of study
IEEE David Sarnoff Award


Harrison Rowe was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 29, 1927. He began the study of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1944. His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy during 1945, and he returned to M.I.T. in 1946. He completed his undergraduate training, receiving the B.S. degree in 1948, and subsequently' remained at M.I.T. for graduate education also, receiving the M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1950 and 1952, respectively.

Upon completion of his education Dr. Rowe joined the Radio Research Laboratory of Bell Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff working in radio and guided wave research. His research interests in noise and modulation theory have found application in a variety of communication systems problems. His present assignment is in the Antennas and Propagation Research Department, Crawford Hill Laboratory in Holmdel, N.J ., where he is involved in mathematical studies of certain network planning problems.

His publications include 30 papers and one textbook, spanning a variety of fields including parametric amplifiers, noise and communication theory, propagation in random media, and related problems in waveguide, radio, and optical communication systems. He is one of the authors of the "Manley-Rowe" relations. These general relations describe the power flows at different frequencies in certain non-linear circuit elements and distributed media. They have yielded understanding of the general performance limitations of a wide variety of communication devices, and have been widely referenced in the technical literature.

Dr. Rowe jointly holds three patents, and another patent individually. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a co-recipient of the 1972 Microwave Prize (IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society). He is a member of Commission C of the International Scientific Radio Union, and the honor societies, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.

Harrison Rowe and his wife, Alicia, live in Rumson, New Jersey and they have four children. His hobbies include sailing, hiking, skiing, and oboe playing and he is active in the Monmouth Symphony and the Monmouth Conservatory, Opera-Operetta Society.