Electrical engineer, Military Person
1932 – 2007
Who was Leon Sibul?
Leon Sibul was born in Võru, Estonia. In 1944 he fled his native country under the threat of Russian occupation of Estonia, which lasted more than 50 years. He escaped to a refugee camp in Augsburg, Germany where he attended high school. In 1949, he emigrated to the U.S. and lived in the Washington DC area. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served from 1953 to 1957 as an electronic and radio technician.
After his military service, he attended George Washington University and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Electrical engineering degree. From 1960 to 1964 he was employed at Bell Labs, working on an electronic switching system, as well as on Telstar, the communication satellite credited with ushering in the era of satellite communications.
He earned a Master in Electrical Engineering degree from New York University in 1963. In 1964 he started working for Pennsylvania State University’s Applied Research Laboratory, receiving his Ph.D. from Penn State in 1968.