Peter Swerling

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1929 – 2000

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Who was Peter Swerling?

Peter Swerling was one of the most influential radar theoreticians in the second half of the 20th century. He is best known for the class of statistically "fluctuating target" scattering models he developed at the RAND Corporation in the early 1950s to characterize the performance of pulsed radar systems, referred to as Swerling Target I, II, III, and IV in the literature of radar. He also made significant contributions to the optimal estimation of orbits and trajectories of satellites and missiles, later refined by Rudolph Kalman as the Kalman filter.

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Born
Mar 4, 1929
New York City
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Nationality
  • United States of America
Education
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Cornell University
  • Bachelor of Science
Lived in
  • United States of America
Died
Aug 25, 2000
Pacific Palisades

Submitted
on July 23, 2013