Karl Hernqvist

Karl Hernqvist
Boras, Sweden
Associated organizations
RCA (Radio Corporation of America)
Fields of study
Electron devices


Karl G. Hernqvist (IRE Senior Member, 1960) was born in Boras, Sweden on 19 September 1922. He received the E.E. and Licentiate of Technology degrees from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, in 1945 and 1951, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the same institution, in 1959.

During 1945 and 1945, Hernqvist was an Assistant Engineer in the Royal Swedish Air Force, where he worked in the fields of radar and microwave instrumentation. From 1946 to 1952, he focused on microwave measurements and electron tube research with the Research Institute of National Defense, Stockholm. During 1948 and 1949, he was a trainee under the sponsorship of the American-Scandinavian Foundation at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, where he performed research on high-density electron guns. In 1952, he became a member of the technical staff of the Electronic Research Laboratory at RCA Laboratories, where he specialized in the gaseous electronics field. He also headed a group working on thermionic converters (late 1950s/early 1960s)

Hernqvist was a member of the American Physical Society and Sigma Xi.