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Henry Sampson
Henry Sampson invented a gamma-electrical cell.
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African American inventor Henry Sampson is a brilliant and accomplished nuclear physicist who invented a Gamma-Electrical Cell. Henry Sampson's patent (US 3,591,860) can be viewed in its entirety online or in person at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. View Portions of the patent below.

Henry Sampson was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1956. He graduated with an MS degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1961. Sampson also received his MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, in 1965, and his PHD in 1967.

Sampson was employed as a research chemical engineer at the U.S. Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, California, in the area of high energy solid propellants and case bonding materials for solid rocket motors. Henry Sampson also served as the Director of Mission Development and Operations of the Space Test Program at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California.

As an interesting sidenote, Henry Sampson is also a writer and film historian who wrote a book entitled, "Blacks in Black and White: A SourceBook on Black Films."

Henry Sampson also received patents for a "binder system for propellants and explosives" and a "case bonding system for cast composite propellants." Both inventions are related to solid rocket motors.

Patent Abstract for US patent #3,591,860 for a Gamma-Electrical Cell issued to Henry Thomas Sampson and George H Miley on 7/6/1971. A patent abstract is written by the inventor to briefly describe what his/her invention is and what it does.

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