Arnold Silver

Retired TRW Technical Fellow


Dr. Silver was awarded the PhD in Physics by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1958, where he used nuclear magnetic resonance to study “Nuclear Quadrupole Effects in Boron Compounds”. He began his professional career in 1957 at the Ford Scientific Laboratory in Dearborn, Michigan, where he was initially engaged in fundamental and applied research using nuclear magnetic resonance. Starting in 1962, he participated in the pioneering invention and development of SQUIDs. In 1969 he left Ford and became Director of the Electronics Research Laboratory at The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. There he collaborated with John Hurrell to invent the single flux quantum (SFQ) flip-flop, which later became the prototype for SFQ digital electronics. In 1981 he left Aerospace and joined TRW’s Group Research Staff, where he continued R&D on superconductor electronics. He held various positions in the superconductor electronics organization, was elected a TRW Technical Fellow, and received the TRW Chairman's Award for pioneering advances in superconductive electronics. Dr. Silver retired from TRW in 1998. He continued to be active in the superconductor electronics community: as a consultant with TRW, JPL, the US Government, and Northrop Grumman, and as an Incorporator and member of the Board of Directors of the US Committee for Superconductor Electronics. Dr. Silver is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the IEEE. In 2000, he received the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity. During his career, Dr. Silver was awarded over 30 U.S. Patents, published over 100 technical papers, and presented numerous invited and contributed papers at national and international technical conferences.