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biophysicist , educator , electrical engineer

Charles Polk, American electrical engineer, educator, biophysicist. Achievements include organizing 1st microwave closed circuit television link for graduate education in the United States, 1962. National Science Foundation Superior Accomplishment award, 1977.


Polk, Charles was born on January 15, 1920 in Vienna, Austria. Came to United States, 1940, naturalized, 1943. Son of Heinrich and Amalie (Canar) Polk.


Student, University Paris-Sorbonne, 1939. Bachelor of Science, Washington University, 1948. Master of Science, University Pennsylvania, 1953.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1956.


Engineer Radio Corporation of America Victor division, Camden, New Jersey, 1948-1952. Research and teaching associate University Pennsylvania, 1952-1957. Professor electrical engineering Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia, 1957-1959.

Technical staff Radio Corporation of America Laboratories, Princeton, New Jersey, 1957-1959. Professor electrical engineering University Rhode Island, 1959-1990, professor emeritus, 1990-2000, chairman department, 1959-1979. Head electrical science and analysis section engineering division National Science Foundation, Washington, 1975-1976, acting director engineering division, 1976-1977.

Visiting professor electrical engineering Stanford University, 1968-1969, University Wisconsin, Madison, 1983-1984. Consultant Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1993-1999, National Institute Environmental Health Sciences, 1998. Science advisor to Minister Public Utilities Commission, 1994-1999.


  • Achievements include organizing 1st microwave closed circuit television link for graduate education in the United States, 1962.


  • Other Work

    • Editor Handbook of Biologial Effects of Electromagnetic Fields. Contributor articles to professional publications.


Member Rhode Island Legislation Commission on Electricity Rates, 1974-1975. With Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (chairman Philadelphia chapter professional group antennas and propagation 1954-1955, chairman Providence section 1964-1965, member administration committee, committee on man and radiation 1987-1996, chair subcommittee biological effects of power frequency fields 1989-1996, engineering in medical and biology society, national disting lecturer 1994-2000).

Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of University Professors, American Geophysical Union (national committee on space electricity 1974-1975), American Society for Engineering Education, New York Academy of Sciences, International Science Radio Union, Biolelectromagnetics Society (president 1988-1989), Bioelec. Repair and Growth Society (council member 1990-1992), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.


Married Dorothy R. Lemp, April 27, 1946. Children: Dean F., Gerald W.

Heinrich Polk

Amalie (Canar) Polk

Dorothy R. Lemp

Dean F. Polk

Gerald W. Polk