Anacostia Naval Station

Anacostia Naval Station most likely was the place, where the PX test-equipment was tested with small-scale modell ships. The test Basin was used during WW II for various top-secret US Navy test concerning radar and underwater acoustic equipment, which were later in use with US and Allied Naval forces. The personal story of Ed Jaynes is a perfect example for a scientist involved in radar research for the US Navy during WW II. And - again - we come along some well known names: Jaynes was working on radar for the US Navy, he was working for the W. W. Hansen Laboratories of Physics at Stanford (radar countermeasures) and later with Varian Associates.

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    "On the Anacostia side of the rivers, there are three large underutilized federal parcels of land: the former naval station, the Bolling Air Force Base (now primarily a low density residential area), and the Naval (hi-tech) Research Laboratory. Together, they form well over 1000 acres of prime land at the water's edge."


  4. At the end of 1944, he became Ensign Jaynes, and worked at the Anacostia Naval Research Lab in Washington D. C. developing microwave systems. During his stay in the Navy he spent some time on Guam. There is one picture of him on Guam holding a machine gun. When he was discharged in 1946, he was a lieutenant (j.g.). There are two documents written by Ensign Jaynes: the first is a series of 9 lectures on solving circuit problems using Laplace and Fourier transforms [1]; the second, is titled ``Theory of Microwave Coupling Systems'' [2]. These two documents constitute the earliest known professional writings of Ed Jaynes.

    Jaynes left the Navy in 1946 and headed for California. In the summer of 1946 he worked in the W. W. Hansen Laboratories of Physics at Stanford on the design of the first linear electron accelerator.

    While he was an Associate Professor at Stanford he also supported himself consulting with Varian Associates, the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the University of California at Livermore. While consulting he wrote a number of reports for both Varian and the U. S. Army. Many of the U. S. Army reports still survive, but are not available for general release; a condition that will change shortly. Two of the reports done for Varian still survive, but are only available from the main Varian corporate library. Varian, at that time, was a young upstart company that could not afford to pay Jaynes in cash, so they paid him in stock. Additionally, Jaynes' records indicate that he continued to buy Varian stock throughout most of this period. At the time of his death this stock constituted about one fourth of Jaynes' total wealth.