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Lee Davenport, who developed radar device for US, allied troops in World War II, dies at 95
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) ' Lee Davenport, a physicist who developed a radar device for U.S. and allied troops in World War II, has died. He was 95.
His daughter, Carol Davenport, said Tuesday he died of cancer Friday in Greenwich.
Davenport earned his Ph.D. in physics for work he conducted at the secret MIT Radiation Laboratory during World War II. He is credited with developing Signal Corps Radio, a microwave radar that tracked enemy planes, before the United States entered the war in 1941.
He also was involved in getting equipment to the field quickly, training troops how to use it and even waterproofing radar equipment for D-Day.
Carol Davenport says her father was an avid car collector and insisted she and her sister learn to change a tire.