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Robert H. Rines

American Jewish Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame


Robert H. Rines: Inducted into
the National Inventors Hall
of Fame-1994

by Seymour”Sy” Brody

Robert H. Rines is an American Jewish inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in 1994, for his electric system; microwave scanning system; sound ranging system and high resolution radar and sonar. The Patent numbers are 2,711534; 2,711,440; and 2,528,725.

He was born on August 30, 1922, in Boston, Massachusetts. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 1942. He received a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University, in 1946, while serving as an Army Signal Corps officer in World War II. He did his Ph.D. thesis at the National Chiao Tong University, in the Republic of China, in 1972.

Rines holds more than 80 patents and include high-definition image-scanning radar used to provide early-warning, weapons fire-control and artillery and missile detection the Persian Gulf War.

In peace time he has used his high definition scanning systems to locate the Titanic and the Bismark. He has been using these inventions to find the Loch Ness Monster. His pictures of the monster were controversial and questionable.

Rines founded the Franklin Pierce Law Center, a private law school in Concord, New Hampshire. He is also the founder of the Academy of Applied Science, which is an organization dedicated to the promotion of science, technology and inventions for high school students.

He is also an accomplished musician and composer. When he was eleven years old, he played a violin duet with Albert Einstein at a summer camp. He has written music for Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, which included Blast and Bravos, a play on the life of H.E. Menkin, O’Casey’s Drums under the Windows, O’ Neill’s Long Voyage Home, Strindberg’s Creditors.

Through the years, he has been a lecturer at MIT, Harvard and other prestigious universities. He continues to invent and he enjoys his music.


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