HARTFORD, Conn. - Lee Davenport, a physicist who developed a radar device that helped U.S. and Allied troops win key battles in World War II, has died. He was 95.
He died Friday of cancer in Greenwich, his daughter, Carol Davenport, said yesterday.
Davenport was among hundreds of scientists who worked at the secret Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory, even before America joined the war in 1941, to develop radar systems that would give the U.S. military an edge. He was credited with developing the SCR-584 - the letters standing for Signal Corps Radio - a microwave radar built into a semitrailer with a parabola on top that tracked enemy planes and helped to direct anti-aircraft batteries.