The microwave community mourns the loss of Dr. Kenneth W. Brown who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year. Dr. Brown received the B.S.E.E. degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, USA, in 1987, and the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, in 1991 and 1999, respectively.
Dr. Brown was extensively involved in the development of RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave technology and systems at Raytheon Company for over 30 years working his way up to Chief Technologist for Raytheon’s Rancho Cucamonga, California facility, and then RF Chief Technologist for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. Ken was the co-inventor of the solid-state active denial system and did pioneering work in millimeter wave solid-state power combining that resulted in world record RF output power levels of 7kW at W-band. Dr. Brown was co-recipient of the best industry paper award at the 2016 International Microwave Symposium for this work. Dr. Brown was also the Principal Investigator on numerous DARPA and Government Lab programs including the recent 100G and VISAR programs that set records for G-band solid-state power and high speed, long range E-band wireless links, respectively. Dr. Brown holds over 60 U.S. patents related to microwave and millimeter-wave technology.
In addition to his outstanding technical accomplishments, Dr. Brown will also be remembered for his humble demeanor, his kindness, and his willingness to give freely of his time to teach and mentor young engineers both at work and at the University of Southern California where he taught a graduate Antenna Engineering course.