Stephen Attwood

Stephen Attwood
Cleveland, OH, USA
Associated organizations
University of Michigan
Fields of study


Stephen S. Attwood (IRE Senior Member, 1944 and Fellow, 1961) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 May 1897. He received the B.S.E. degree in mechanical engineering, in 1918, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering, in 1923, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

During the years 1918 to 1919, Attwood served as Ensign, U.S.N.R., aboard naval vessels with the responsibility of Assistant Engineer Officer. In 1919, he did construction work for the Packard Motor Car Company. Attwood returned to the University of Michigan as Instructor in Electrical Engineering in 1920, advancing through the grades to Professor, in 1937.

Attwood was a member of the U.S. Government Mission to England on Radio Wave Propagation in late 1943. From 1944 to 1945, he was Director of the Wave Propagation Group at Columbia University in New York City, for the Office of Scientific Research and Development. In 1953, at the University of Michigan, he was named Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department, and in 1958, he was appointed Dean of the College of Engineering.

Attwood was a Fellow of both the IRE and the AIEE and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Eta Kappa Nu.