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Palmer Portner Derby

Palmer Portner Derby, American electronics company executive. Registered professional engineer, Massachusetts. Recipient Commendation medal, Raytheon Company, 1947. Member Association Home Appliance Manufacturers (associate executive board from 1969).


  • Derby, Palmer Portner was born on May 23, 1920 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Claude Palmer and Hildegarde Rose (Portner) Derby.

  • Education

    • Student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1940. Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1942.


    • With Raytheon Company, from 1942, junior engineer, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1942, various management positions in engineering, research, marketing, 1942-1962, assistant. general manager microwave and power tube division, 1962-1976, vice president, assistant general manager, 1967-1976, vice president, director new business analysis Lexington, Massachusetts, from 1976. Pioneer in development magnetron tubes for microwave ovens, microwave tubes for radar, electronic countermeasures missile and communications application.

    Major achievements

    • Registered professional engineer, Massachusetts.


    Member Association Home Appliance Manufacturers (associate executive board from 1969).


    • Married Marnie Holmes Osborn, December 29, 1941. Children: Susan Palmer Derby Cox, Sally Margaret Derby Duffy.
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    Died June 22, 1986
    (aged 66)
    • 1940
      Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    • 1942
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1942
      With Raytheon Company
      Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
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