Eli Brookner

Eli Brookner

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MEE & Dr. Sc. Columbia Un. ’55 &’62; BEE CCNY, ’53. Raytheon 1962-2014: worked on radars for air traffic control (ATC), military, space, navigation. Before Raytheon: Columbia Un. Electronics Research Lab., Nicolet, & Rome Air Force Lab. Awards: IEEE 2006 Picard Medal; IEEE ’03 Warren White Award; RCA Armstrong Medal 2017; IEEE Wheeler Prize for Best Applications Paper of 1998; IEEE AESS 2017 Outstanding Leadership Award; Journal of Franklin Inst. Premium Award 1966. Fellow: IEEE, AIAA, & MSS. 4 books: radar, tracking, antennas. >10,000 attended his courses. Banquet-keynote speaker 13 times. > 230 publications. > 100 invited. 6 papers in books of Reprints. 10 patents. Contributed chapters to 3 books. Has given 8 webinars on radar. Over 700 registered from over 60 countries for one of these. Wrote Feb. 1985 cover story article for Scientific American on how phased arrays work, circulation of over 600,000, in 7 languages.

Life Span

Brookner, Eli Age 90, a Lexington resident, since 1962 and Principal Engineering Fellow for Raytheon, died at Emerson Hospital in Concord on November 29, 2021. He was the husband of the late Ethel (Bobick) Brookner. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 2, 1931, as the son of the late Angel and Fanny Brookner. He was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City and went on to attend City College where he met his future wife. Later, he earned his PhD from Columbia University. With a career spanning more than half a century at Raytheon as a Radar Engineer, he played a major role in the development of radar and phased array radar systems. He is recognized as a leader and advisor for over twenty leading radar programs for civil and defense applications. A life member of IEEE, he received the Dennis J. Picard Medal, Warren White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering, as well as IEEE Centennial and Millennium medals. A renowned international lecturer and published author, his teachings have educated thousands of radar engineers worldwide. An extensive traveler, he has lectured in and visited 22 countries in every continent but the Antarctic. He will also be remembered as a passionate ballroom dancer up until his passing. He leaves behind two sons, Lawrence Brookner of Paris, along with his wife Vera, Richard Brookner of Sunnyvale, CA, one grandson, Daniel Brookner, a nephew, Jonathan Liebowitz, and a sister-in-law, Anita Raynes. 

Published by Boston Globe from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2021.