Walther Richter

Walther Richter
Heidelberg, Germany
Associated organizations
Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company


Walther Richter (IRE Senior Member, 1944; and Fellow, 1953) was born in Heidelberg, Germany, on 17 May 1900. He obtained the B.S. degree in electrical engineering at the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Richter joined the Engineering Department of A. O. Smith Corporation, in 1925, where he became Director of Electrical Engineering and Research, in 1930. From 1939 to 1943, he engaged in private consulting practice. From 1943 to 1951, he was associated with the Engineering Development Department of Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was in charge of the department's electronics laboratory. Then Richter returned to consulting, in 1951, and in 1962, he served as a consultant in electronics to the staffs of the Research Center of the Outboard Marine Corporation, the Electrical Research Laboratory of the A. O. Smith Corporation, and the Development Department of Culter-Hammer, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

During his career, Richter also taught courses in industrial electronics from 1935 to 1950 in evening sessions at the University of Wisconsin, and from 1954 to 1960 at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Richter was a Fellow of both the IRE and the AIEE.