Finding Aid for the

Kouan Fong Papers

1947-2001

 

5 linear feet

 

Finding Aid Compiled by

Joshua Hauck-Whealton

July 2010

 

Schenectady Museum Archives

15 Nott Terrace Heights

Schenectady, NY 12308

(518) 382-7890, ext. 241

archives@schenectadymuseum.org

 

Creation of this finding aid was supported by a grant from the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics

 

 

 

 

Biographical Note

 

Kouan “Bob” Fong, a Chinese citizen, immigrated to the United States in 1947 to pursue graduate studies. He earned a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1951. That same year, he was approached by the General Electric Electronics Department in Syracuse and offered a position with the Electronics Laboratory.

 

Fong worked for GE in Syracuse in the fields of electronic communications and operations analysis until the 1960s, when he moved to Schenectady to work at the Research and Development Laboratory. His major research interests included the impact of atmospheric conditions and other factors upon radio communications, leading to work in microwaves, optics, wave theory, digital circuitry, and signal analysis in polyphase power distribution networks.

 

Fong’s family attended the First Reformed Church in Schenectady. Fong's wife Chi Hua Fong was well known in the local community for teaching Chinese cooking classes.

 

 

Scope and Content

 

Primarily papers, reports, lectures and drafts of reports associated with the work of Kouan Fong at General Electric and his interest in wave theory and the effect of atmospheric conditions upon radio waves. Also includes photocopies of personal information related to Fong's attempt to become a permanent resident of the United States. There is also one folder of material relating to Chi Hua Fong's Chinese cooking classes.

 

 

Series 1: Working Papers, 1941, 1948-1958, 1961-1969, 1971-1978, 1980-1981, 1985, 1989, 2001, undated. 2 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

This series contains materials created or used by Kouan Fong during his carrier with GE, as well as a few vital records from Fong’s entry into the US and a small amount of biographical material.  Much of the working papers appear to be notes and drafts from articles or reports that Fong worked on.

 

 

Series 2: Articles, 1950-1971, 1973, 1976-1978, 1981, 1983-1984, undated. 1 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

Fong collected a large number of technical articles in relation to his work, particularly in the field of natural and electrical waves.  Some of these articles were collected by subject, but many were left in loose piles and spread throughout the collection.  These articles were not written by Fong himself.  All of Fong’s articles are housed in the “Working Papers” series.

 

 

Series 3: Technical Reports, 1953, 1956-1970, 1977, 1979, 1984, undated. 1.6 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

This series consists of technical reports produced by General Electric or another technical institution.  These reports were organized by series, and this organization has been maintained.  These reports were not written by Fong himself.  All of Fong’s reports are housed in the “Working Papers” series.

 

Series 4: Proceedings, 1956, 1958, 1967, 1971, 1977-1978.  .3 linear ft.

Organized Alphabetically

 

This series contains a few publications of conference proceedings collected by Kouan Fong. 

 

 

Box & Folder List

 

 

Series #1: Working Papers

 

Box #1

Folder

 

  1. Amplitude Fluctuations, Article Drafts, Calculations, Notes, undated
  2. “Application of Operations Research to a Production Problems,” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1954
  3. ARMAC Audit, Reports, Memoranda, 1980, undated
  4. ARMAC System, Memoranda, 1980
  5. ARMAC System, Reports, Publication, 1978, 1980, undated
  6. Biographical Material, Obituary, Programs, Data Sheets, 1948-1949, 2007, undated
  7. Chi Hua L. Teng’s Chinese Cooking Classes, Clippings, Recipes, Photograph, 1980-1981, 2001, undated
  8. Circuit Diagrams, undated
  9. “Component Values for Seven Component or Fourteen Component …,” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1958
  10. Computerization Seminar, Correspondence, Article Drafts, 1981,undated
  11. Computerization Seminar, Notes, undated
  12. Correspondence, 1956, 1964-1965, 1971-1977, 1981, 1985
  13. Correspondence, Chinese, 1978, 1985
  14. “Digital Analog Technique in Matched Filter Design …” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1962
  15. Ellipsoidal Harmonics, Calculations, Notes, undated, Folder #1
  16. Ellipsoidal Harmonics, Calculations, Notes, undated, Folder #2
  17. Ellipsoidal Harmonics, Calculations, Notes, undated, Folder #3
  18. FM Transmission. Articles, Calculations, Notes, Transparencies, 1975, undated
  19. Group Delay, Article, Notes, 1956, undated
  20. “A High Reliable Coder and Decoder for Random Varying Multi-Path Transmission,” Article Drafts, Kouan Fong, undated
  21. High Speed Digital Circuits, Article Drafts, Correspondence, 1963, undated
  22. “Network Synthesis from Functional Theoretical Point of View,” Article Draft, Kouan Fong, undated
  23. “A New Analog Data Communication System with Better Noise Improvement Threshold,” Kouan Fong, Research Laboratory Report, 1964
  24. “New Biorthogonal Double Frequency Selection System for Troposcattering Transmission,” Kouan Fong, Article Draft, undated
  25. “Periodic and Almost Periodic Functions,” Course Material, undated
  26. Perturbation Analysis Capability, Report, Notes, undated
  27. “Phase Compensation of a Notch Diplexer,” Fong, Kerr, TIS Report, 1954
  28. Photographs, Electrical Equipment, undated
  29. “Projection of the Growth in mm-Wave Relay Links as Part of Data Network, ”Kouan Fong, Article Drafts, 1964
  30. Radar Systems, Article Draft, undated
  31. “Reduction of the Noise Improvement Threshold by Using Frequency Shifted Sliding-Tone in a Sampled Data Communication System,” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1965
  32. “Reliability of a Noisy Pure-Tone “On” “Off” Code and its Improvement by a Selective Filter,” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1958

 

Box #2

Folder

 

  1. “Scattered Sideband Power Computation for Narrow Band FM System,” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1956
  2. “Signal Refraction from Earth Orbit,” Report Drafts, Notes, Calculations, undated
  3. “Statistical Analysis of Driving Point Admittance by a Polyphase Ladder or Simple Tree Network in Modal Coordinates,” Kouan Fong, Report, Sections 1-3, 1978
  4. “Statistical Analysis of Driving Point Admittance by a Polyphase Ladder or Simple Tree Network in Modal Coordinates,” Kouan Fong, Report, Sections 4-Appendixes, 1978
  5. “Statistical Propagation Theory on Scattering of Electromagnetic Waves by a Planet,” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1969
  6. “Synthesis of a General Magnetic Field Without Symmetry Restrictions,” Kouan Fong, Article Draft, undated
  7. “Synthesis on Q-Correction of Phase Equalizers and Attenuation Equalizers,” Fong, Parungao, 1961
  8. “Study of Frequency Division Multiplex Microwave Systems,” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1955
  9. “A Study of Optimum Design of Triple-Tuned Transformers with Emphasis on their use in FM Communication Receivers,” Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1952
  10. “System for Correcting Multipath Propagation in Trapospherical Scattering Communication,” Kouan Fong, Article Draft, Notes, undated
  11. “The Systematic Listing of allTrees in an Undirected F-Graph Generated by Recurrence Relation,” Kouan Fong, Article Draft, undated
  12. “Theory and Applications of Chains of Complete Close Circuits Including the Generation of Large Set of deBruijn Circuits,”Kouan Fong, Article Draft, 1989
  13. “Theory of Invariant Ration and Range-Velocity Ambiguity Resolving Radars, Kouan Fong, TIS Report, 1965
  14. Theory of Line-of-sight Transmission of Millimeter Waves in Lower Atmosphere,” Kouan Fong, Article Draft, 1968
  15. “Transient Response of a Two-Phase Induction Motor Used as a Servo-Motor.” Louan Fong, Article Draft, Notes, undated
  16. “Transient Response of a Two-Phase Induction Motor Used as a Servo-Motor by Considering Its Slightly Non-Linear Characteristics,” Kouan Fong, Article Draft, undated
  17. Unidentified Calculations, undated
  18. “Unified Theorem of Self Raising Tube Oscillator (By Generalized Lienard Equation), Kouan Fong, Article Draft, 1949
  19. University Transcript, 1951
  20. Visa and Citizenship Records, Correspondence, Forms, 1948-1955, 1963
  21. Wave Distortion, Article, Calculations, Notes, 1941, undated
  22. Zero Cross Modulation, Report Draft, Notes, Diagrams, undated

 

 

Series #2: Articles

 

Box #3

Folder:

 

  1. Articles, 1950-1959
  2. Articles, 1960-1964
  3. Articles, 1965-1969
  4. Articles, 1970-1971, 1976-1978
  5. Articles, 1981, 1983-1984
  6. Articles, undated, folder #1
  7. Articles, undated, folder #2
  8. Electrical Companies, Articles, 1963, 1973-1976
  9. Envelope Delay, Articles, 1952, 1959, undated
  10. Foreign Language Articles, undated
  11. “IEEE Transactions on Information Theory,” Articles, 1958
  12. IRE Transactions on Information Theory, 1955
  13. Microwaves, Articles, 1956-1958, 1960-1963
  14. Oceanic Circulation, Articles, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1970, undated
  15. Oceanic Circulation, Air-Sea Interaction, Articles, undated
  16. Oceanic Circulation, Gastrophic Adjustments, Articles, 1963, 1966-1968
  17. Oceanic Circulation, Internal Waves in Oceans, Articles, 1961, 1963, undated
  18. Oceanic Circulation, Shallow Water Waves, Articles, undated
  19. Oceanic Circulation, Surface Scattering of Sound Waves. Articles, 1953, 1955, 1957-1958, 1960-1961, 1963, 1965-1966, undated
  20. Quantum Mechanics, Articles, 1932, 1946
  21. Radio Waves, Articles, Book Selections, 1956, 1961-1962, undated
  22. Satellites and Space Communication, 1967, 1970-1971, undated
  23. Waveforms Equations, Articles, 1955-1969, undated

 

 

Series # 3: Technical Reports

 

Box #4

Folder:

 

  1. Armed Services Technical Information Series, 1956, 1960-1961
  2. Bell Telephone System, Technical Publication Reports, 1963-1964
  3. CIT Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Reports, 1964, 1970
  4. “Coupling Between Waveguides and Cavity Resonators for Large Power Output,” Report, 1953
  5. “Cumulative Codes as Variable Redundancy Codes,” J.K. Wolf, Report, 1963
  6. “Equivalent Circuits of Reluctance Machines,” Thesis, Chi-Yung Lin, undated
  7. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Reports, 1959
  8. “Nonlinear Vibrations,” Reports, J.J. Stoker, Report, undated
  9. “Propagation of an Electromagnetic Wave in a Time-Varying Medium,” K.S. Kung, 1964
  10. Research Laboratory, 1956
  11. Research Laboratory, 1957
  12. Research Laboratory, 1958
  13. Research Laboratory, 1959
  14. Research Laboratory, 1960
  15. Research Laboratory, 1961
  16. Research Laboratory, 1962
  17. Research Laboratory, 1963
  18. Research Laboratory, 1964
  19. Research Laboratory, Article Reprints, undated
  20. “RF Model of the Distribution System as a Communication Channel,” Reports, 1979
  21. “Rigorous Magneto-Ionic Theory and Exact Formulas for Refractive Indexes,” Report, undated
  22. Rome Air Development Reports, 1959, 1961, 1967
  23. Technical Information Series, 1953
  24. Technical Information Series, #56 ELS 28 & 123, 1956
  25. Technical Information Series, #56 ELS 104, 141 & 161, 1956
  26. Technical Information Series, #57 ELS 14, 24, 25, 32 & 38,1957
  27. Technical Information Series, #57 ELS 48, 54, 96, 99, 103 & 105, 1957
  28. Technical Information Series, #58 ELS 31, 60 & 66, 1958
  29. Technical Information Series, #58 ELS 70, 71, 72 & 78, 1958
  30. Technical Information Series, #59 ELS 8,9 & 13, 1959
  31. Technical Information Series, #59 ELS 78, 93 & 99, 1959

 

Box #5

Folder:

 

  1. Technical Information Series, 1960
  2. Technical Information Series, #61 ELS 17, 1961
  3. Technical Information Series, #61 ELS 33 & 142, 1961
  4. Technical Information Series, #62 CPD 4 & 7, 1962
  5. Technical Information Series, #62 ELS 3 & 4, 1962
  6. Technical Information Series, 1965
  7. Technical Information Series, 1968

 

Box #6

Folder:

 

  1. Technical Information Series, 1969-1970
  2. Technical Information Series, 1977
  3. Technical Information Series, 1984
  4. “Solid State Filters, Delay Lines and Transformers,” Quarterly Reports, 1959-1960
  5. Stanford Electronics Laboratories, Reports, 1963
  6. “Ultra High Speed Digital Circuits,” Report, 1961
  7. “VHF Modulation and Detection Study,” Report, 1967
  8. “X-Ray Image Intensifiers,” Vasburgh, Swank, Houston, Article, undated

 

 

Series #4: Proceedings

 

Box #7

Folder:

 

  1. Aeronautical Electronics National Conference, Proceedings, 1956
  2. GOSAM Microprocessor Symposium, Proceedings, 1977
  3. GOSAM Microprocessor Symposium, Proceedings, 1978
  4. Institution of Electrical Engineers, Proceedings, 1958
  5. IEEE International Convention, Paper Digest, 1971
  6. IEEE WinCon Bulletin, Proceedings, 1967