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Indiana authors and their books 1917-1966.


Richard Howland Ranger was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on June 13, 1889, the son of John Hilliard and Emily Anthen Gillet Ranger. He earned the B.S. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1911. He married Laura Anne Lewis on Nov. 27, 1923, and they had one daughter, Mary Wheatley.

Ranger worked for a printing firm in Boston during 1911-17 and was a design engineer for Radio Corporation of America from 1920 to 1930. In 1930 he became president of Rangertone, Inc. (Newark, N. J.). He was a communications authority and served on many technical intelligence missions. He invented the following devices: transoceanic radio facsimile, 1924; electronic organ, 1932; electronic chimes, 1933; airbourne radio relay, 1942; magnetic recording, 1947; and several radar developments. Ranger received an Oscar Award in recognition of his invention of synchronized tape and motion pictures in 1956. He was a veteran of World War I and died on Jan. 10, 1962.

Information from Who Was Who in America.