Paul Darnell


Paul Darnell
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Associated organizations
Bell Labs
Fields of study
Electronic components


Paul S. Darnell (IRE Senior Member, 1952, and Fellow, 1961) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 14 November 1901. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, in 1922, and the M.A. degree from Columbia University in New York City, in 1925.

In 1922, Darnell joined the Engineering Department of the Western Electric Company, New York, N.Y., which became the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1925. From that time until 1960, he worked principally in development and design of electronic component parts and devices for both the Bell System and military applications. He was appointed Director of Transmission Apparatus Development in 1953, and in 1960, he became Director of Military Reliability Engineering.

During his career, Darnell served on many industrial and government committees. He chaired the Ad Hoc Study Group on Parts Specification Management, sponsored by the Department of Defense, from 1958 to 1960.