Keeve M. Siegel


Keeve M. Siegel
New York, NY, USA
Associated organizations
University of Michigan
Fields of study
Electromagnetism, Physics


Keeve M. Siegel (IRE Senior Member, 1957) was born in New York, New York, on 9 January 1923. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in 1948 and 1950, respectively.

In 1948, Siegel joined the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and remained there until at least 1962, first as a Research Associate, then as a Research Engineer. He became Head of the Upper Atmosphere Physics Section, in 1949, and Head of the Theory and Analysis Department, in 1952. Five years later, in 1957, he was appointed Head of the University's Radiation Laboratory and Professor of Electrical Engineering. He worked at the University in the fields of electromagnetic theory (e.g. scattering and diffraction), high-altitude research and work in thermodynamics and hydrodynamics (e.g. incompressible ideal subsonic flow), and passage of plane waves of sound in air. In 1961, he was appointed President and Director of the Ann Arbor Division of the Conductron.

Siegel was a member of the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the American Mathematical Society, and Sigma Xi. He was an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, a member of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board, and Consultant to the Advanced Research Projects Agency and several major corporations. He also served as a member of Commission VI of URSI and was listed in "Who's Who in America," "American Men of Science," "Who's Who in World Aviator," and the "World Directory of Mathematicians." In addition, Siegel was a member of the Editorial Boards of the "Journal of Research of the National Bureau of Standards" and the "Journal of Mathematical Physics."

Siegel died (age 52) at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., on 14 March 1975. He had a stroke on 13 March while testifying before the Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. He was survived by his wife and two sons.