Electromagnetism and antennas — a historical perspective

  • S. Drabowitch
  • A. Papiernik
  • H. D. Griffiths
  • J. Encinas
  • B. L. Smith


The techniques of antennas have their roots in the science of electromagnetic radiation. It is therefore of interest to explain briefly the principal steps in the development of the subject.


Black Body Radiation Metallic Wire Transmission Line Theory Elegant Form Microwave Antenna 
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Further Reading

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    Bussey, G., Marconi’s Atlantic Leap, Marconi Communications, 2000.Google Scholar
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    Hamilton, J., Faraday — The Life, Harper Collins, 2002.Google Scholar
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    Latham, C. and Stobbs, A., Pioneers of Radar, Sutton Publishing, 1999.Google Scholar
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    Nahin, P., Oliver Heaviside — Sage in Solitude, IEEE Press, 1988; republished by Johns Hopkins University, 2001.Google Scholar
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    O’Hara, J.G. and Pricha, W., Hertz and the Maxwellians, Peter Peregrinus, Stevenage, 1987.Google Scholar
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    Sarkar, T.P. (ed), A History of Wireless, Wiley, 2005.Google Scholar
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    Swords, S.S., Technical History of the Beginnings of Radar, Peter Peregrinus, Stevenage, 1986.Google Scholar
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    Tolstoy, I., James Clerk Maxwell, Canongate Publishing, Edinburgh, 1981.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Drabowitch
    • 1
  • A. Papiernik
    • 2
  • H. D. Griffiths
    • 3
  • J. Encinas
    • 4
  • B. L. Smith
    • 5
  1. 1.Ecole Supérieure d’ElectricitéFrance
  2. 2.University of Nice-Sophia AntipolisFrance
  3. 3.University College LondonUK
  4. 4.Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de ParisFrance
  5. 5.AlcatelParisFrance

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