Larry W. Fullerton

Larry W. Fullerton (December 11, 1950 – November 24, 2016) was an American inventor best known for the invention of ultra-wideband technology, correlated magnetics, and a number of other industrial, military, and consumer technologies. He co-founded Time Domain Corporation in 1987[1] and Cedar Ridge Research in 2006.[2] He holds more than 500 patents[2] around the world for technologies as diverse as ground sonar, new magnetics technology, and radio pulse technology.

Early lifeEdit

Fullerton was born in Arkansas into a military family, and spent most of his younger years in Europe.[2] He returned to the United States with his family in 1969. In 1979 he moved to Alabama after landing a job with NASA in Huntsville, Alabama.[2]

CareerEdit

According to Discover magazine, Fullerton's ultra-wideband technology is a method of transmitting pulse signals at low levels across an ultra-wide frequency range. This low level allows them to be transmitted without interfering with the standard radio waves being transmitted. The idea for the new technology came to Fullerton while a college student at the University of Arkansas in 1973.[3]

Other inventions by Fullerton include three patented Internet technology methods of linking, storing and transmitting information,[4] and a new magnetics technology that makes it possible to create programmable magnets that directly correlate with precision between magnet pairs. Fullerton has applied for patents for a number of applications of the new magnetics technology, including a correlated magnetic container [5] and a magnetic force profile system that uses coded magnet structures.[6]

Fullerton founded Midsouth Technology in 1976 for the development of his high-technology developments. In 1987, he founded Time Domain Corporation to develop and market technologies such as ultra-wideband radio transmission technology. He also co-founded SoundBlast Technologies LLC in 2006 to develop his unique coherent detonation wave invention. His SoundBlast invention eliminates the deflagration process in the creation of a detonation wave in a short tube, enabling a timing accuracy of sub 20µs. This timing accuracy allows for the assembly of very useful arrays of coherent detonation tubes. His detonation wave technology has applications in propulsion, weapons, and as a high energy impulse seismic source. In 2006, Fullerton and co-founder Mark Roberts founded Cedar Ridge Research in order to develop new technologies in a wide variety of fields. Programmable magnet technology has been among those inventions.[citation needed]

Fullerton died on November 24, 2016, at the age of 65 from brain cancer.[2]

AwardsEdit

He has won several prestigious awards for his inventions, including the HOBY Inspiration Award[7] and was given the Aviation Week & Space Technology Laureate award.[8] He was made a Senior Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., to honor his achievements in ultra-wideband technology.[9] In 2010 he was awarded a place on Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business list, coming in at number 81.[10] In 2010 he was awarded a 2010 Breakthrough Award by Popular Mechanics magazine for his contributions to magnetics.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Engineer,Larry Fullerton,Inventor,". Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  2. ^ a b c d e Remkus, Ashley (November 25, 2016). "Alabama inventor who 'wanted to solve problems and help people' dies on Thanksgiving". AL.com. Retrieved November 25, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Radio Flyer - DiscoverMagazine.com".
  4. ^ "Fullerton, US - Patent applications".
  5. ^ "Correlated Magnetic Container and Method for Using the Correlated Magnetic Container".
  6. ^ "Magnetic Force Profile System Using Coded Magnet Structures". Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "404 - Encyclopedia.com".
  8. ^ "FindArticles.com - CBSi". Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2009-11-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Fast Company - Business + Innovation".
  11. ^ "Strong Magnets With Printed Poles Have Endless Engineering Applications". 1 October 2010.

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