• by Kirk Gaw

E. Paul Slick - Inventor / Scientist

WALKERTONIAN - E. Paul Slick was a defense electronics developer who was part of a team that researched and developed a variety of cutting-edge defense systems, including satellite communications systems, GPS, frequency hopping radios, the helmet sight system used in helicopter gunships, battlefield laser detection and suppression systems, magnetic anomaly detection and guidance systems for multiple missile platforms including the Sidewinder and cruise missiles. He was also part of pioneering electronic warfare efforts to exploit enemy satellite systems for communication and the development of anti-jam communications systems which were used by NATO and the U.S. government.

Paul Slick was a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his B.S. in electrical engineering in 1942 and his Masters in theoretical physics in 1948. As a new graduate of Notre Dame when the U.S. was entering World War II, he applied his knowledge to defense electronics efforts at GE in Schenectady and Syracuse, New York. During this time he worked with the "Rad Lab" team at MIT where critical wartime radar research was underway.

After World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps where he "reverse-engineered" German weapon systems. He later worked on developing early-warning and fire control radars. After moving to Fort Wayne to work for Philo Farnsworth, inventor of the television, he contributed to the development of the Starlight Scope and night vision goggles. He spent his 50 year career in defense electronics (working at the Magnavox Electronic Systems Company, and General Dynamics).

He was born on March 20, 1920, in Walkerton, Indiana where he was the only child of the late Milo B. and Myrtle Bell Slick. (His father Milo kept a Law Practice in the Town.) He married Winifred "Wina" Forman of New York in October of 1943. They had 7 children: Paul, Pam, John, Sue, Sally, Nancy, and Tom. He passed away in 2007. The World will remember him as a technological innovator who had a passion for science!

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