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March 9, 2018

Distinguished former faculty member dies

Written By: Sam Million-Weaver

 Jean Van Bladel
Jean Van Bladel

Jean Van Bladel, who received his MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from UW-Madison in 1949 and 1950 before serving on the faculty from 1956 to 1964, has passed away at the age of 86. After his time at UW-Madison, Van Bladel founded the electromagnetics research group at Ghent University in Belgium. During his almost seven-decade-long career, Van Bladel made seminal advancements in the field of fundamental electromagnetic theory and its applications in electrical engineering. Even after retiring in 1987, Van Bladel continued to contribute to the research community. He authored multiple textbooks, he was awarded the Henrich Hertz Medal of the IEEE, and he presided as secretary general of the International Union of Radio Science for 14 years.