Harvard was the place of the most secret radar research of the United States during World War II. Especially the section working on radar countermeasures under T.E Terman was most likely a place,
where the basic work for the development of the equipment needed for the Philadelphia Experiment took place.
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In December 1941 Fred Terman was asked to come to Harvard University to take charge of a top secret program for radar
countermeasures, which became the Radio Research Laboratory (RRL). At RRL, Terman directed an operation with a budget as large as that of Stanford University
where 150 types of radar countermeasures where developed which are credited with saving up to 800 Allied Bombers and their crews.
McMahon: That was being set up in 1940 and 1941. In 1941 the radiation laboratory is already established; in December of 1941 they
decided to do the Radio Research Laboratory which later was at Harvard. But they began radar countermeasures research in December. Right
after Pearl Harbor, in fact, a meeting was called.
During the early 1940's, Terman headed a big defense research project at Harvard University, developing radar
countermeasures. The experience put him in the mainstream of government electronic research. He believed that a lot of
money would go into this area during peacetime. He set out to expand Stanford's engineering school after he returned to the
University in 1946 as Dean of Engineering.
Interview with Prof. Purcell, showing details about the Radio Research Lab (RRL) at Harvard, which was responsible for developing countermeasures. Note that Louis Ridenour is mentioned as well.
Interview with Prof. Bainbridge, who gives more details about the anti-radar laboratory at Harvard
Document stating, that Louis Ridenour was working at the Harvard lab
Interview with Prof. Pollard, showing details about Louis Ridenour and Navy test with the USS SEMMES in 1941-42. Note, that ED Schneider is mentioned here, the same man, that can be found at Al Bielek's website
Bryant: What do you regard as your most important work in Rad Lab?
I think convincing the Navy that the navigational radar using microwave radar was possible. I was one of that group working on the
Semmes. I was also very seasick. Nevertheless, I navigated them through a fog for the weekend by watching my radar.
Bryant: This was the U.S.S. Semmes, the Navy's test ship?
That's right. I was a very impressive demonstrator. I am proud of the work I did later on bushing the set they called the MEW, which is
now the airport radar.
Bryant: I used MEW when I was in uniform.
Alvarez was the original designer. Two or three people died, nearly all valuable. Sam Simmons and Mort Kanner died there. The
people who actually developed MEW were Ed Schneider, Mike Chaffee, Al Bagg, and Bob Watt I mentioned them in the book. It came into my
division when Alvarez left for Los Alamos. I immediately put everything I could behind it. I think I did all right on that.