Bachelor of Arts California, 1924. Postgrad,, University California, 1926. Postgrad,, California Institute of Technology, 1928.
Doctor in Applied Science (honorary), Ohio University, 1975.
Born in Samara, Russia, Alford invented and developed antennas for radio navigation systems, now used for Very High Frequency omnidirectional range and instrument landing systems He received an honorary doctorate from Ohio University in 1975. California Institute of Technology, 1927-1928;
Fox Film Corporation, 1929-1931;
Mackay Radio and Telegraph Company, 1934-1941;
Air Navigation Laboratory, International Telegraph Development Corporation, 1938-1941;
Harvard University Radio Research Laboratory from 1943 to 1945;
Direction Finder and Antenna Division, International Telephone And Telegraph, from 1943 to 1945;
Founded the Alford Manufacturing Company.
He invented a balanced square antenna named the Alford Loop.
In 1965, the first Master FM Antenna system in the world designed to allow individual FM stations to broadcast simultaneously from one source was erected on the Empire State Building. The original system was co-invented by Alford and Frank Kear.
In 1983 Alford was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his invention of the Localizer Antenna System which guides aircraft during landings. United States. Patent 2,682,050 Localizer Antenna System.
Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (presidential certified of merit 1948, Pioneer award 1965, member various committees). Member New York Academy of Sciences.
Married Helen Glaser, April 3, 1930.