David HILL

Profile Updated: November 18, 2010
Residing In: Boulder, CO USA
Spouse/Partner: Elaine Hill
Occupation: Electrical Engineer, Semi-retired
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2602 Lakeview Ave.


BSEE, Ohio University, 1964. MSEE, Ohio University, 1966. Ph.D.EE, Ohio State University, 1970. Visiting PostDoc, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, 1970-71. Member Technical Staff, Institute for Telecommunication Sciences, Boulder, CO, 1971-82. Member Technical Staff, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO, 1982-present (now semi-retired).
Spent entire career doing research in electromagnetic theory and applications. Wrote lots of papers in technical journals, some of which won best paper awards. Recently wrote my first book, "Electromagnetic Fields in Cavities: Deterministic and Statistical Theories," 2009. Available on Wiley and Amazon sites, but don't waste your money unless you still like lots of math. Have recently entered the wierd world of quantum electrodynamics, just doing science for fun.
Played a lot of basketball and golf in the 60s. Low golf score: 64 (8 under par) on Ohio University Golf Course.
Gave up basketball (sprained ankles) and golf (scores got worse) shortly after moving to Boulder, CO, in 1970. Took up outdoor life (cross-country and downhill skiing, hiking, backpacking, peak climbing, and trout fishing) in Colorado and throughout the West. Have continued these activities to this day. Skied 101 days in my first year of semi-retirement.
Met Elaine on a mountain climb in 1970 and married her in 1971. She does all the same outdoor activities and does them well. We both climbed Island Peak (20,300 ft) in Nepal in 1987 on a trip that Jim Hansman set up. (Jim was not able to go on the trip because he got malaria. Don't worry, he recovered.) Elaine and I have climbed all 54 14,000 ft peaks in Colorado. We both skied to the summit of Colorado's highest peak (Mt. Elbert, 14,433 ft) on my 50th birthday. (Heck, 50 seems young now.)
Plan to keep doing science for fun and to keep playing in the mountains as long as the brain and the body hold up.

School Story:

Paul Crites, home room teacher, kept asking whether John Hill and I were brothers. Don't know whether he had a short memory or was just being funny.
Quinten Morris, golf coach, played practice rounds with the team (Larry Weber, Bob Gillespie, John Allen, and myself). He was a terrible golfer, and would yell "Come back Little Sheeba" when his banana ball was heading way out of bounds to the right. It never came back.
Speaking of golf, I remember a round of golf with Tim Hoag and (I think) Bob Gillespie and John Hill. Tim's round (which included a couple whiffs) became infamous when we added up the scores and Tim had an even gross (144).

What was your favorite 50's song? Pick one song. No artists.

Tom Dooley.

Despite the request for no artists, my brother Gerry and Doug Norris had a short career as folk singers, specializing in Kingston Trio songs. They once performed at RRHS.

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I love GOLF!
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Mug shot at NIST, 2010.
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Dave & Elaine in Halloween outfits, 2010.
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Elaine cross-country skiing in Colorado, 2010.