Born Jan 18 1912 - Died Oct 11 2003
Remote Control System With Position Indicating Means
Global Positioning System
Patent Number(s) 2,709,773
The technological triumph known as the Global Positioning System of
satellite based navigation-was incubated in the mind of Ivan Getting.
While serving as the vice president of research and engineering at the
Raytheon Corporation during the 1950s, Getting advanced the concept
of using an advanced system of satellites to allow the calculation of
exquisitely precise positioning data for rapidly moving vehicles, ringing
from cars to missiles.
Turning Getting's concept into reality required massive financial commitment
from the government, but the resulting technology makes possible wide
range of military and civilian uses that continue to grow rapidly. Getting
also made significant contributions to the early development of radar,
to space programs including Projects Mercury and Gemini, and to the
creation of powerful chemical based lasers.
Born in New City, Getting earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology in 1933, then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar,
receiving a Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1935. He received numerous awards
during his life, including the Presidential Medal of Merit.