Dr. Harold Henry "Bev" Beverage (1893 in North Haven, ME - 1993) is perhaps most widely known today for his invention and development of the Wave Antenna which came to be known as the Beverage Antenna and which for the last few decades has seen a resurgence in use within the hobbyist radio amateur and broadcast dx community. Less widely known (outside of the community of science history researchers) is that Bev was a pioneer of radio engineering and his engineering research paralleled the development of radio transmission technology throughout his professional career with significant contributions not only in the field of radio frequency antennas but also radio frequency propagation and systems engineering.
Harold Henry Beverage graduated from the University of Maine in 1915, and went to work for General Electric Company the following year as a radio-laboratory assistant. In 1920 he was placed in charge of developing receivers for transoceanic communications at the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). Three years later, when he was just 30, he received a Morris Liebmann Memorial Prize for his contributions to the development of transoceanic radio.
In 1938, the Radio Institute of America presented him with its Armstrong Medal for his work in the development of aerial systems. The Beverage antenna, the citation said, was "the precursor of wave antennas of all types." Beverage was awarded the IRE Medal of Honor in 1945, "In recognition of his achievements in radio research and invention, of his practical applications of engineering developments that greatly extended and increased the efficiency of domestic and world-wide radio communications and of his devotion to the affairs of the Institute of Radio Engineers." In awarding him its Lamme Gold Medal in 1957 the American Institute of Electrical Engineers cited him "for his pioneering and outstanding achievements in the conception and application of principles basic to progress in national and worldwide radio communications."
Harold Beverage did have favorite 160 meter receive antenna named after him. He donated one of his original Beverage transformers to the University.
The RCA named Beverage chief research engineer of communications in 1929, a position he held until 1940. At that time, he was promoted to vice president in charge of research and development at RCA Communications Inc., a subsidiary of the Radio Corporation of America. He retired in 1958 from that position and as director of radio research but continued to work in communications as a consultant.
Mr. Beverage died on 27 January 1993 at the John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, L.I. He was 99 and lived in Stony Brook, NY
Harold's nephew is a ham (W1MGP). Still lives at the family QTH of North Haven Island.
(Thank a lot to Bruce K1FZ for informations and pictures )
73, Petr OK1RP