Henry P. Birmingham


Henry P. Birmingham
Newburgh, NY, USA
Associated organizations
U. S. Naval Research Laboratory
Fields of study
Control systems


Henry P. Birmingham (IRE Member, 1953; and Senior Member, 1956) was born in Newburgh, New York, on 17 March 1920. He received the Ed.B. degree from Rhode Island College, Providence, in 1942, and did further study at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the American University, Washington, D.C.

Birmingham served in the U. S. Air Force as an Instructor in Radar Maintenance and as a classification specialist during World War II. He later joined the staff of Brown University, Providence, as a research psychologist under NDRC. He joined the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory in 1945, where he was Head of the Engineering Psychology Branch in the Applications Research Division, in 1962.

Birmingham organized the IRE Professional Group, PGHFE, and served as Chairman during the first year of its existence. He received the Naval Ordnance Development Award for work in fire control, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for work in the development of man-machine control system theory.

Birmingham was a Senior Member of the IRE and a member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the Human Factors Society, and the Eastern Psychological Association.