James R. Wait

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James R. Wait[1] was an electrical engineer and engineering physicist.[2]


Wait was born in Ottawa, Canada, on January 23, 1924, received his BS (1948) and MS (1949) in engineering physics and his PhD (1951) in electrical engineering, all from the University of Toronto. Between 1948 and 1951, he worked for Newmont Exploration in Jerome, Arizona, where his research led to several patents in both IP and EM methods of geophysical prospecting. After a brief stint with the Defense Research Communications establishment in Ottawa, Wait first joined the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, Colorado, and then NOAA; at each, he concentrated predominantly on theoretical aspects of radio-wave propagation. Gertrude Norman was his spouse. In the meantime, he also held numerous teaching and visiting scientist research positions at various prestigious universities and research establishments all over the world. Finally, in 1980, he was appointed professor of electrical engineering and geosciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson and in 1988 became one of the prestigious Regents' Professors. He died October 1, 1998 at his home in Tucson.

See also


Wait's books


  • James R. Wait, Method of geophysical exploration, U.S. Patent 2,735,980. June 1956. (Newmont Mining Corporation)


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