Brockway Mc McMillan Edit Profile
McMillan received his B.S. in 1936 and a Ph.D. 1939 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a thesis entitled The calculus of discrete homogenous chaos supervised by Norbert Wiener.
He also served in the U.S. Navy at Dahlgren and Los Alamos during World War II. He joined Bell Telephone Laboratories 1946 as a research mathematician and published the article "The Basic Theorems of Information Theory" and proved parts of Kraft's inequality, sometimes called the Kraft-McMillan theorem (Kraft proved that if the inequality is satisfied, then a prefix code exists with the given lengths McMillan the converse, that unique decodeability implies that the inequality holds)
McMillan served as the President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 1959-1960. McMillan became assistant director of systems engineering in 1955 and was named director of military research in 1959. From 1961 to 1965 he was with the U.S. Air Force as assistant secretary for research and development and then undersecretary of the Air Force.
He rejoined Bell Labs in 1965 and retired in 1979 as vice-president for military development. McMillan promoted the development of a second generation of reconnaissance satellites: the KH-5 Argon (produced 1961–65) satellite mapping system, and KH-6 Lanyard (in use 1963), the first attempt to acquire higher resolutions imagery. He advocated maintaining the National Reconnaissance Office as the primary United States agency in space reconnaissance.
In 1942, while at Princeton University, Brockway married Audrey Wishard (–2008) who had a PhD in mathematics from Radcliff College in Cambridge, Boston, in 1938.
Member Board Education Summit, New Jersey, 1958-1961. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1945. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Member National Academy of Engineering, Society Industrial and Applied Mathematics (president 1959-1960), American Mathematics Society, Mathematics Association American, Institute of Mathematics Statistics.
Married Audrey Wishard, September 2, 1942. Children– Sarah Linn McMillan Taylor, Douglas Wishard, Gordon Brockway.