July 6: H.T. Sampson Developed 1st Gamma-Electric Cell Design On This Date In 1971

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By Victor Trammell

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Henry Thomas Sampson, Jr. was a prolific innovator and forerunner in the realm of nuclear engineering.

He was birthed in Jackson, Mississippi during the year 1934. Despite popular opinion, Sampson did not create the conventional mobile phone.  However, he was a trailblazer who crafted the technological designs, which get employed within today’s cellular phones. Henry Sampson, Jr. was the first child born to Henry Sampson, Sr., and his wife Esther Sampson. The couple also produced another son named John Sampson.

H.T. Sampson maintained a long and successful track record of professionalism. He held several significant industrial positions. He accepted a research engineering role at China Lake, California’s U.S. Naval Weapons Center, following his graduation when he earned a B.S. in chemical mechatronics (1956 -1961). Sampson then began working as a project engineer with the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California, which materialized following the ceremony where he earned a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering. The position was his from 1967 until 1981. His research team studied the charging and launching of satellites while he served as the Aerospace Corporation’s Director of Planning and Operations from 1981 to 1987.

Dr, Sampson was an active creator of inventions. He was the owner of numerous US patents. He and George H. Miley jointly created the gamma-electric cell on July 6, 1971.  High radiation energy (gamma rays) gets converted to electricity via the gamma-electric cell.  Sampson also possessed a number of additional patents pertaining to the production of rocket propellants (fuels). Sampson created a better method for case gluing propellant granules within a rocket chamber in 1973.  During the year  2007, Dr. Sampson was married to Dr. Laura Howzell Young-Sampson, an associate professor at California State University, San Bernardino’s College of Education.

On June 4, 2015, Sampson passed away at 81 years of age in Stockton, California.


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