George W. Webb
George W. Webb is a Research Scientist in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). From 2001 to 2010 he was Research Scientist at the Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Science, also at UCSD. Dr. Webb received a B.A. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Physics from UCSD in 1967. He is the author of approximately 100 research articles and book chapters in technical publications and has been awarded four patents. His research interests have been in the areas of antenna theory and experiment, microwave photonics, sustainable energy, materials science, transport phenomena, and superconductivity. Currently he is active as a panel member and reviewer for agencies in the areas of materials and energy.
Prior to joining UCSD Dr. Webb founded Innova Laboratories in 1990, where he was President and CEO. At Innova he led the development of programmable photonically-controlled millimeter-wave antennas. The antenna technology developed is based on a photo-injected plasma in a semiconductor to form millimeter waves into beams and electronically scan the beams in space. The antenna technology was acquired by a Fortune 500 company in 2001. Prior to Innova, Dr. Webb co-founded Energy Science Laboratories (ESL) in 1980 where he served as President. ESL focused on the development of new aerospace materials. Prior to ESL he held several positions at UCSD and the David Sarnoff Research Center, RCA Laboratories. He received the RCA Laboratories Outstanding Achievement Award, for "Discovery of Superconductivity Above 20 K in Niobium-Gallium", which became the highest transition temperature binary compound superconductor known at the time (1972). He is also the recipient of the NASA Certificate of Recognition for "Ultrafine Particle and Fiber Production in Microgravity."