February 1933 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
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published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Hiram Percy Maxim is a name known to
every American licensed amateur radio operator, since he was the primary found of the American Radio Relay League
(ARRL). This obituary
that was printed in the May 1936 edition of Radio-Craft reported on his death at age 66 (the
article incorrectly says 67 years old) - young by today's standards, but about normal a century ago. Although
he lived in Connecticut, he was buried in
Rose Hill Cemetery, located in Hagerstown, Maryland. A couple years ago, Melanie and I were visiting her mother,
who lives in Hagerstown (we once lived there as well), and set out to locate his place
of final rest. I wrote about in this story titled "Hiram
Percy Maxim's Gravesite in Hagerstown, Maryland."
Born: September 2, 1869, Brooklyn, New York
Died: February 17, 1936, La Junta, Colorado
Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1886)
Hiram P. Maxim Dies
Hiram Percy Maxim - the friend of radio amateurs who died last month.
month, one of the best known and respected radio men passed away; Hiram Percy Maxim, 67-year-old president of the
American Radio Relay League and the International Amateur Radio Union, succumbed to a throat infection, on a trip
to the West Coast.
Mr. Maxim besides being a strong supporter of amateurs was also known for his inventions, especially the silencers
used on fire arms, motors, etc.
One of his guiding beliefs was that the scientific progress of the world depends on its amateurs - those who
experiment "for the fun of it" and whom he (rightly) credited with many basic developments.
Mr. Maxim will long be missed by the American radio amateurs who looked to him for support in maintaining their
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