Simon Ramo, American engineer, businessman and author, Died at 103

Simon “Si” Ramo was born on May 7, 1913, and died on June 27, 2016.

He was an American engineer, business leader, and author.

Ramo led the development of microwave and missile technology and was sometimes known as the father of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Simon Ramo was also a developer at General Electric’s electron microscope.

Simon Ramo has been partly responsible for the creation of two Fortune 500 companies, Ramo-Wooldridge (TRW after 1958) and Bunker-Ramo (now part of Honeywell).

He served as an advisor to the United States government on science and technology.

Simon has been a member of the National Science Board, the White House Council on Energy R&D, the Advisory Council to the Secretary of Commerce, the Advisory Council to the Secretary of State for Science and Foreign Affairs, and of many special advisory committees to the Defense Department and NASA.

During 1982, the IEEE Board of Directors initiated the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal for exceptional achievement in systems engineering and systems science.

His wife was Virginia (née Smith) from 1937 until her death in 2009.

The couple had two sons, James Brian and Alan Martin, and four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Simon Ramo passed away at 103 yrs old.