Roger F. Harrington
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Roger F. Harrington
Roger F. Harrington
Roger Fuller Harrington

(1925-12-24) December 24, 1925 (age 94)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
ThesisSolution to some electromagnetic boundary value problems (1952)
Doctoral advisorVictor H. Rumsey
Doctoral studentsDonald H. Sinnott

Roger Fuller Harrington (born December 24, 1925) is an American electrical engineer and professor emeritus at Syracuse University.[1] He is best known for his contributions to computational electromagnetics with his development of method of moments (MoM).[2] Harrington's 1968 book, Field Computation by Moment Methods, is regarded as a pivotal textbook on the subject.[3][4]


Harrington was born on December 24, 1925, in Buffalo, New York. He started majoring in electrical engineering in 1943 at Syracuse University; his studies were interrupted in the following year by World War II. During this time, he served as an instructor under the Electronics Training Program at the U.S. Naval Radio Materiel School in Dearborn, Michigan, while working as an electronics technician. He completed his studies after the war, receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1948 and 1950, respectively. Briefly remaining at Syracuse University as a research assistant and instructor, he started his doctoral studies under Victor H. Rumsey at Ohio State University, receiving his PhD in 1952.[2]

Harrington returned to Syracuse University following his doctoral studies, working there as a professor until his retirement in 1994. Following his retirement, he briefly worked as a visiting professor at University of Arizona. During his tenure at Syracuse University, he has worked on research projects for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Office of Naval Research, General Electric and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.[4] He has also held visiting professorship positions at University of Illinois in between 1959 and 1960, University of California, Berkeley in 1964 and the Technical University of Denmark in 1969.[2]

Harrington is a recipient of IEEE Centennial Medal, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award and IEEE Electromagnetics Award in 1984, 1989 and 2000, respectively.[2] In 2014, he was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in electrical engineering for his contributions to the study of electromagnetics.[4] He currently resides in Wheaton, Illinois with his daughter.[2]


Harrington has published two standard engineering textbooks, Introduction to Electromagnetic Engineering in 1958 and Time-Harmonic Electromagnetic Fields in 1961. In 1968, he published Field Computation by Moment Methods, which introduced the unified and generalized theory of method of moments (MoM), an integral equation method for solving electromagnetic problems.[5][6][2] The development of the method stemmed from Harrington's initial interest in using electromagnetic fields in thermonuclear fusion research.[4] Harrington further developed the method in his future publications; method of moments later became one of go-to methods in the study of antennas, integrated circuits and waveguides, among others. Harrington's further work included the study of radiation and scattering in bodies of revolution, dielectric scattering, field integral equations and theory of characteristic modes.[2]

Harrington also expanded Lan Jen Chu and Harold Alden Wheeler's theory on the fundamental limits of electrically small radio antennas;[7][8]Chu-Harrington limit, which yields a lower bound for the Q factor of a small radio antenna, is named after him.

Selected publications

  • Harrington, Roger F. (1960). "Effects of antenna size on gain, bandwidth, and efficiency". Journal of National Bureau of Standards. 64-D: 1-12.
  • Harrington, R. F. (February 1967). "Matrix methods for field problems". Proceedings of the IEEE. 55 (2): 136-149. doi:10.1109/PROC.1967.5433.
  • Mautz, J. R.; Harrington, R. F. (1969). "Radiation and scattering from bodies of revolution". Applied Scientific Research volume. 20: 405-435. doi:10.1007/BF00382412.
  • Harrington, R. F.; Mautz, J. R. (1971). "Theory of characteristic modes for conducting bodies". IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. 19 (5): 622-628. doi:10.1109/TAP.1971.1139999.
  • Chang, Y.; Harrington, R. F. (1977). "A surface formulation for characteristic modes of material bodies". IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. 25 (6): 789-795. doi:10.1109/TAP.1977.1141685.
  • Harrington, R. F. (1978). "Reactively controlled directive arrays". IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. 26 (3): 390-395. doi:10.1109/TAP.1978.1141852.
  • Wei, Cao; Harrington, R. F.; Mautz, J. R.; Sarkar, T. K. (April 1984). "Multiconductor Transmission Lines In Multilayered Dielectric Media". IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. 32 (4): 439-450. doi:10.1109/TMTT.1984.1132696.
  • Djordjevic, A. R.; Sarkar, T. K.; Harrington, R. F. (June 1986). "Analysis of Lossy Transmission Lines with Arbitrary Nonlinear Terminal Networks". IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. 34 (6): 660-666. doi:10.1109/TMTT.1986.1133414.
  • Djordjevic, A. R.; Sarkar, T. K.; Harrington, R. F. (June 1987). "Time-domain response of multiconductor transmission lines". Proceedings of the IEEE. 75 (6): 743-764. doi:10.1109/PROC.1987.13797.
  • Rautio, J. C.; Harrington, R. F. (August 1987). "An Electromagnetic Time-Harmonic Analysis of Shielded Microstrip Circuits". IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. 35 (8): 726-730. doi:10.1109/TMTT.1987.1133738.
  • Harrington, Roger F. (1989). "Boundary Integral Formulations for Homogeneous Material Bodies". Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications. 3 (1): 1-15. doi:10.1163/156939389X00016.
Book chapters
  • Harrington, R. F.; Mautz, J. R. (1978). "Computational Methods for Transmission of Waves Through Apertures". In Uslenghi, Piergiorgio (ed.). Electromagnetic Scattering. New York: Academic Press. p. 429-470. ISBN 9780323142434.


  1. ^ Harrington, Roger F. (2003). Introduction to Electromagnetic Engineering. Courier Corporation. ISBN 9780486432410.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Wilton, Donald R.; Arvas, Ercument; Butler, Chalmers M.; Mautz, Joseph R. (19 October 2017). "Roger F. Harrington, 1989 IEEE AP-S Distinguished Achievement awardee". 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation & USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting. doi:10.1109/APUSNCURSINRSM.2017.8072371.
  3. ^ Gibson, Walton C. (2004). The Method of Moments in Electromagnetics. Chapman & Hall. ISBN 9781482235791.
  4. ^ a b c d "Roger F. Harrington". Franklin Institute. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Harrington, Roger F. (1968). Field Computation by Moment Methods. Macmillan. ISBN 9780780310148.
  6. ^ Bondeson, Anders; Rylander, Thomas; Ingelström, Pär (2005). Computational electromagnetics. Springer Publishing. ISBN 9780387261584.
  7. ^ Harrington, Roger F. (1960). "Effects of antenna size on gain, bandwidth, and efficiency". Journal of National Bureau of Standards. 64-D: 1-12.
  8. ^ McLean, James S. (May 1996). "A re-examination of the fundamental limits on the radiation Q of electrically small antennas". IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. 44 (5). doi:10.1109/8.496253.

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