Karl R. Spangenberg


Karl R. Spangenberg
Cleveland, OH, USA
Associated organizations
Stanford University
Fields of study
Electron devices


Karl R. Spangenberg (IRE Associate, 1934; Senior Member, 1945; and Fellow, 1949) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 9 April 1910. He received the B.S. and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Case Institute of Technology, in 1932 and 1933, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Oho State University, Columbus, in 1937.

Spangenberg spent decades teaching in the Electrical Engineering Department of Stanford University in California. His teaching was punctuated by technical work in the European Theater during World War II as Head of the Electronics Division of the Office of Naval Research, 1948 to 1948, and as Head of the Electronic Engineering Department of the Instituto Technologica de Aeronautica in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1952 to 1954.

By the early 1960s, Spangenberg was a consultant on engineering management and education to various companies, mostly in the San Francisco Bay area. He authored "Vacuum Tubes" and "Fundamentals of Electron Devices."

Spangenberg was a Fellow of the IRE and a member of the American Physical Society.