Alvin “Al” Clavin (born 17 June 1924), Past President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Technology Society and a Life Fellow of the IEEE, died 17 November 2016, two days after emergency surgery.
He was employed by the Hughes Aircraft Company from 1948 to 1983, except for an eight year period when in 1956 he co-founded and was employed by Rantec Corporation. Mr. Clavin made major contributions to microwave technology as an engineer and as a engineering manager. He was honored by Hughes with their Lawrence A. Hyland Patent Award for his “Clavin Dipole” used on Hughes missile seekers. He was elected Fellow of the IEEE with the citation: “For Contributions to the development of microwave and antenna techniques and the field of technical management.“
Mr. Clavin supported MTT activities in Los Angeles and was General Chairman of the 1981 MTT Symposium there. His wife of 64 years, Janis, predeceased him in 2012. He is survived by two of this three daughters.
There is a video of Ed Niehenke’s interview of Alvin Clavin at https://youtu.be/eSdiOOY73VY.