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Giuseppe Pelosi is the editor for the "Historical Corner."

The authors in this article co-found the Catt Anomaly with the Catt Question. Although until 2001, the Catt Question was called the Catt Anomaly, it was always a question about a transverse electromagnetic (TEM) wave on a transmission line. The Catt

This month, the Historical Corner has two papers. The first discusses the work and life of Giovanni Caselli, who invented the facsimile (fax) machine. The second paper is on Sommerfeld's solution of the problem of the radiation of a vertical dipole o

In a few years it will be the 150th anniversary of the fundamental paper by J.C. Maxwell, “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field” [1], reporting an account of the speech he gave on December 8, 1894, at the Royal Society (Figure 1). In that

Riccardo Felici (Figure 1) was born on June 11, 1819, in Parma. Parma was then the capital city of the eponymous duchy governed by Maria Luigia, wife of Napoleon and daughter of the Emperor of Austria, Francis II. Felici studied at the University of

Presents the editorial for this issue of the publication.

Presents the editorial for this issue of the publication.

In this issue, we host - for the second time - a paper on the Italian-American physicist, Enrico Fermi. The f rst paper (IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 53, 3, June 2011, pp. 226-230) was focused on a commemoration of Guglielmo Marconi by Enr

Recently, I read a novel, L'anomalia [The Anomaly] (Figure 1), edited by a major Italian publisher and authored by a colleague of mine, Massimiliano Pieraccini (University of Florence). The book can be defined as a “scientific thriller.” It obviously

On January 24, 2008, I participated in a workshop in Padova, Italy, dedicated to the one hundred years since Albert Abraham Michelson (Strzelno, Prussia, December 19, 1852 - Pasadena, California, USA, May 9, 1931) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physi

Sweden has a long tradition of radio and antenna projects, and Gothenburg is one of the most important regions for antenna competence in Europe. It was not a coincidence that the 7th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation took place in Gothe

The main aim of this essay is to revisit and to remind the reader of the direct and indirect contributions of Hermann Gunther Grassmann to electromagnetics. Being ahead of his time, Grassmann did not have a chance to see that his mathematical ideas a

This issue's “Historical Corner” column stems from a question posed to me by a student during a lesson in a course on electromagnetic fields at the School of Engineering of the University of Florence: “Why does the Poynting vector represent a flux of

This paper is dedicated to the life and to the research of Thomas Young. In particular, Section 2 presents a brief description of his life, with the purpose of bringing into evidence the wide spectrum of his interdisciplinary cultural background. Sec

I hope I have demonstrated with this short outline how wide and interesting is the field that the study of electromagnetic wave propagation in the high atmosphere - which was originated from Marconi's tests on long-distance radio communications - ope

It is a common belief by many people that the resonant-cavity magnetron was invented in February 1940 by Randall and Boot from Birmingham University. In reality, this is not the full story. Rather, it is a point of view mostly advocated by the winner

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden made the world's first wireless broadcast on Christmas Eve, 1906. It was indeed a “broadcast,” and not just a station-to-station demonstration, as was his December 21, 1906, major demonstration. Three days before Christmas E

There has been a discussion in the pages of this Magazine concerning the possibility that Guglielmo Marconi performed some experiments in Salvan, Switzerland, in the summer of 1895 [1-7]. In September 2008, the International Union of Telecommunicatio

This article attempts to address the question presented in its title, on the radiation of dipoles and slots and, in general, of complementary antennas. The endeavor begins with discussing Jacques Babinet and his far-from-trivial achievements in many

This paper presents the memoir of Etienne-Louis Malus on a phenomenon linked to light polarization in birefringent materials and in ordinary reflection.

This issue's "Historical Corner" column hosts an article by Francisco Saez de Adana of the University of Alcal? concerning the history of radar from the Spanish point of view. The history of radar often attracts interest, and several articles on the

This paper presents the life and scientific career of Emile Durand. The following are discussed: education and early scientific life; arrival in Toulouse in 1949; Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Toulouse, 1953; creation of the "Institut de Calcul Nu

This short contribution is dedicated to the Italian Vilfredo Pareto [Paris, France, July 15, 1848 - Celigny, Switzerland, August 19, 1923]. He was an engineer, an econo mist, and a sociologist. Among his many contributions, he stated the Pareto princ