Howard Knoebel

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High Tech Heroes discussing the gyros development: 5min and 22sec

Howard Knoebel joined the Coordinated Science Laboratory in 1950 and took a position as a research professor at the University of Illinois in 1964. He was well known throughout his career as a person who could become an expert in anything he tried. Over the course of his career he worked on a variety of projects including the electronic gyroscope, a navigational instrument used in aeronautical and nautical guidance systems. Knoebel also aided in the development of the radio propagation system using sounding rockets to measure upper atmosphere electron density and collision frequency and applying fluidic devices in developing a highway vehicle system.

– Coordinated Science Laboratory. Howard Knoebel worked in the Coordinated Science Lab once the building was constructed. This building though was not built when the gyroscope was created. The work may have taken place in the Physics Building (currently the Materials Science and Engineering Building) or an abandoned power house.


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