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physicist , Electronics company executive

Kenneth Gardiner McKay was Canadian physicist, electronics company executive.


McKay, Kenneth Gardiner was born on April 8, 1917 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Came to the United States, 1946, naturalized, 1954. Son of James Gardiner and Margaret (Nicholas) McKay.


Bachelor of Science, McGill University, 1938. Master of Science, McGill University, 1939. Sc.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1941.

Doctor of Engineering (honorary), Stevens Institute of Technology, 1980.


Research engineer, National Research Council Canada, 1941-1946;with, Bell Telephone laboratories, 1946-1966, 73-80;director solid state device development, Bell Telephone laboratories, 1957-1959;vice president systems engineering, Bell Telephone laboratories, 1959-1962;executive vice president systems engineering, Bell Telephone laboratories, 1962-1966;executive vice president, Bell Telephone laboratories, 1973-1980;vice president engring, American Telephone & Telegraph Company, 1966-1973;Chairman of the Board, Bellcomm Inc., 1966-1973;Chairman of the Board, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, 1982-1987. Advisor Min. of Transportation and Communications, Republic of China, 1982-1995.


Trustee Stevens Institute of Technology, 1974-1987. Board governors McGill University, 1972-1977, New York College Osteopathic Medicine, 1980-1989. Member visiting committee for engineering Stanford University, 1974-1987.

Member science and academy advisory committee University California, 1980-1988. Member Science and Technology Advisory Group, Republic of China, 1982-1996. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Physical Society, New York Academy of Sciences.

Member National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering (councillor 1970-1973), Century Association.


Married Irene C. Smith, July 25, 1942. Children– Margaret Craig, Kenneth Gardiner.

James Gardiner McKay

Margaret (Nicholas) McKay

Irene C. Smith

Margaret Craig McKay

Kenneth Gardiner McKay