Born on September 17, 1935 in Holly Grove, Arkansas, USA, to Sylvia and Taylor Claiborne, passed away on November 23, 2016 at the age of 81 years, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Lewis is survived by his wife Margaret Mulvey Claiborne, his sons Taylor and Mark Claiborne, and his stepchildren Michael, Charlie, and Mignon Mulvey.
Lewis received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1957 after only three years with a double major in Physics and Math from Baylor University. He continued his education at Brown University, having won the Marston Fellowship his senior year at Baylor. He completed his PhD in physics in 1961. After getting his degree he started a long career at Texas Instruments working there for twenty-seven years, beginning in 1962 and retiring from the company in 1989. While an employee at TI, Lewis served as Branch Manager, Research Manager, and finally the Director of Strategic Technology Resources for the Corporate Research and Development group.
He was heavily involved in many projects, including a neural network program and helped with projects that led to a class of devices referred to as “nanoelectronics”. He established an effort for the evaluation of alternative techniques for A/D converters in 1981, a spatial light modulator program that was funded by DARPA for early versions of High Definition TV displays.
Lewis then worked for Loral Vought Systems (formerly LTV Aerospace and Defense) starting in 1990 until 2001, at which point the company was part of Lockheed-Martin. At LTV, he served as Senior Consulting Engineer and Director of Research, and worked on several Sector and Corporate IR Integrated Program Teams. After retiring from LTV, he joined RF-SAW, where he worked until 2011.
During his long career, he was also a member of the IEEE as well as the American Institute of Physics. He served as President of the IEEE Group on Sonics and Ultrasonics in 1976, Chairman of Program Committee for the 1972 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, and was a lecturer for the IEEE Outstanding Lecture Series in 1974-75. Lewis pursued many interests.
He was an Instrument Rated Pilot (ASEL), active member in the church, and a long-time student of Japanese, German, and French. None of his interests were as strong as his love of music. He was an active member of the church choir (both at Spring Valley UMC and Northway Christian) and played clarinet and saxophone for years in the Town North Concert Band, and several jazz bands. He also enjoyed performing in singing groups and writing music. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2pm at Northway Christian Church, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Music Ministry at Northway Christian Church. The family of Lewis Taylor Claiborne wishes to thank the large community of friends and family from Northway Christian Church and Spring Valley United Methodist Church for their support.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 4, 2016
Lew Claiborne was an early contributor to the development of Surface Acoustic Wave technology, and more recently, published on SAW RFID. He had a number of publications on programmable SAW filters, analog filtering and frequency control in the 1970’s. His publications included:
- L. T. Claiborne, “Currently Practical Acoustic Surface Wave Devices,” 1975 IEEE-MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, Palo Alton, CA, 1975, pp. 350-352.
- C. S. Hartmann and L. T. Claiborne, “Fundamental Limitations on Reading Range of Passive IC-Based RFID and SAW-Based RFID,” 2007 IEEE International Conference on RFID, Grapevine, TX, 2007, pp. 41-48.
- R. M. Hays, W. R. Shreve, D. T. Bell, L. T. Claiborne and C. S. Hartmann, “Surface wave transform adaptable processor system,” 1975 Ultrasonics Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1975, pp. 363-370.
- C. R. Hewes, L. T. Claiborne, C. S. Hartmann and D. D. Buss, “Filtering with Analog CCDs and SWDs,” 30th Annual Symposium on Frequency Control, Atlantic City, NJ, USA, 1976, pp. 123-128.
- H. G. Vollers and L. T. Claiborne, “RF Oscillator Control Utilizing Surface Wave Delay Lines,” 28th Annual Symposium on Frequency Control, Atlantic City, NJ, USA, 1974, pp. 256-259.
- E. J. Staples and L. T. Claiborne, “A Review of Device Technology for Programmable Surface-Wave Filters,” in IEEE Transactions on Sonics and Ultrasonics, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 197-205, April 1973.
- W. S. Jones, C. S. Hartmann and L. T. Claiborne, “Evaluation of Digitally Coded Acoustic Surface-Wave Matched Filters,” in IEEE Transactions on Sonics and Ultrasonics, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 21-27, Jan. 1971.
- L. T. Claiborne, “A Survey of Current SAW Device Capabilities,” 29th Annual Symposium on Frequency Control, Atlantic City, NJ, USA, 1975, pp. 135-138.
- L. T. Claiborne, E. J. Staples and J. P. Mize, “Surface-wave interaction with the MOSFET,” 1970 International Electron Devices Meeting, 1970, pp. 84-86.
- doi: 10.1109/IEDM.1970.188275
- M. G. Holland and L. T. Claiborne, “Practical surface acoustic wave devices,” in Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 582-611, May 1974.
- R. B. Hemphill, R. N. Claytor and L. T. Claiborne, “Ultrasonic delay line with variable round-trip loss,” in Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 218-219, Feb. 1968.
- C. Hartmann, P. Hartmann, P. Brown, J. Bellamy, L. Claiborne and W. Bonner, “Anti-collision methods for global SAW RFID tag systems,” IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, 2004, 2004, pp. 805-808 Vol.2.
- E. J. Staples and L. T. Claiborne, “A Review of Device Technology for Programmable Surface-Wave Filters,” in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 279-287, Apr 1973.
- L. T. Claiborne and D. D. Buss, “Analog Signal Processing Using Surface Wave and Charge Transfer Devices,” S-MTT International Microwave Symposium Digest, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 1974, pp. 185-185.
- L. T. Claiborne, G. S. Kino and E. Stern, “Scanning the issue,” in Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 64, no. 5, pp. 579-580, May 1976.