W8CWN was the callsign of H. Richard Crane, a distinguished professor of physics at the University of Michigan and one of the founders of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Below is the text of Dr. Crane's obituary as found on the University of Michigan website. We obtained this call to honor Dr. Crane and plan to use it for some of our operations at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, Trustee
H. Richard Crane was one of
the most distinguished experimental physicists of the 20th century who
was presented with the National Medal of Science by President Ronald
Reagan in 1986, died April 19, 2007.
|(Photo by Jens Zorn)
early work on nuclear physics and the physics of accelerators
culminated in the invention of the race track synchrotron, a design
emulated by almost every particle accelerator since 1950. His
pioneering measurements on the gyro-magnetic ratio of the free electron
are a cornerstone of quantum electrodynamics. His analyses of helical
structures in molecules continue to be significant in genetic research.
Crane was born Nov. 4, 1907 in Turlock, Calif. He married Florence
Rohmer LeBaron in 1932. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and in
1934 his doctorate degree, cum laude, from the California Institute of
Crane was a member of the U-M physics department from 1934 until his
retirement in 1978 and served as department chairman from 1964-72.
During World War II, Crane worked as a research associate on radar at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a physicist on the
proximity fuse at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. He served as
the director of proximity fuse research at U-M and as director of the
atomic research project for the Manhattan District. He also was
consultant for the National Defense Research Commission and Office of
Scientific Research and Development.
Crane was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He earned
awards and served in key roles for professional groups including
service as president of the Midwestern Universities Research
Association from 1957-1960, as president of the American Association of
Physics Teachers in 1965; and as chairman of the board of governors for
the American Institute of Physics from 1971-75.
Crane was a columnist for The Physics Teacher, writing on how things
work. That led to a book and best seller for the American Institute of
Physics, and for the Hands-On-Museum in Ann Arbor.
His hobbies included building and using ham radio equipment, traveling,
hiking, camping, raising orchids and cacti, photography, fly fishing,
writing, teaching, volunteering and building exhibits for the Hands On
Museum. He also supported technical education at Washtenaw Community
College. Crane’s wife Florence died in 1993; the couple’s daughter
Janet died in 1960.
Survivors include: daughter Carol Kitchens (Fred), of Chelsea; and son
George Crane (Ann) of Los Altos, Calif.; and five grand children—Fred
Kitchens, Anne Kitchens, Susan Kitchens Wolding, James Crane and Beth
Contributions in Crane’s honor may be made to the U-M Physics
Department H. R. Crane Fellowship, or the Ann Arbor Area Community