Herman Garlan


Herman Garlan
New York, NY, USA
Associated organizations
Federal Communications Commission
Fields of study


Herman Garlan (IRE Member, 1946) was born in New York, N.Y. on 5 December 1907. He received the B.S. degree from the College of the City of New York, in 1929, and the E.E. degree from Columbia University, New York, in 1936.

In 1940, Garlan began employment at the Federal Communications Commission, starting as a Field Engineer at the Chicago office, where he worked on radio station inspections and enforcement matters. In 1945, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he worked on regulatory matters dealing with the land mobile communications services, including station licensing, frequency allocations, promulgation of technical standards, and other rule-making activities. He transferred to the Office of the Chief Engineer in 1953, assigned to coordinate and unify the technical standards in the FCC rules. From 1954 until at least 1962, he served as Chief of the RF Devices Branch in the Office of the Chief Engineer where he was responsible for all aspects of the regulatory program in Parts 15 and 18 of the FCC Rules which regulate interference from non-licensed devices such as diathermy, industrial RF heating equipment, receiver radiation, and other low-power devices.

Garlan was a member of IRE, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. He became a member of the Administration Committee of the IRE PGRFI, in 1960. He was Vice Chairman of the Second and Third National Symposia on RFI. He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 1958 (The Hague, Netherlands) and 1961 (Philadelphia) Plenary Sessions of CISPR - the Special International Committee on Radio Interference. In addition, Garlan was associated with the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC).