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DiedSeptember 8, 1970, Newton, Massachusetts, United States

Percy Spencer was born on July 19, 1865, in Howland, Maine, the son of a farmer. He was the oldest of nine children and attended school through the eighth grade. When he was 12, his father died and he went to work to support his family. He worked in a shoe factory and later as a machinist’s apprentice. In 1892, he married Hattie E. Palmer and they had three children.

Spencer began his career in the electrical industry in 1895 as a clerk for the Edison Electric Light Company in Boston. He was promoted to superintendent of the company’s New York office in 1898. In 1899, he joined the American Radio and Research Corporation (later the American Telephone and Telegraph Company) and became its chief engineer in 1901.

In 1902, Spencer invented the vacuum tube amplifier, which made long-distance telephone service possible. He also developed the radio transmitter and receiver, which led to the establishment of radio broadcasting. In addition to his work in the telecommunications field, Spencer also did research in X-ray technology and developed the first microwave oven, which he patented in 1945.

Spencer’s accomplishments earned him many honors, including the Edison Medal, the Elliott Cresson Medal, and the Franklin Medal. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1974. He died on September 8, 1970, at his home in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

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Full NamePercy Spencer
DiedSeptember 8, 1970, Newton, Massachusetts, United States
ProfessionEngineer, Inventor
EducationUnited States Navy

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The Spell of Amy Nugent1941Mrs. Stapleton
The Last Rose of Summer1937
Wife of General Ling1937Lady Buckram
Auld Lang Syne1937Clarinda
David Livingstone1936Mary Moffatt
The Captain's Table1936Ruth Manning
Persuasion1971TV Mini-SeriesLady Russell
Dombey and Son1969TV Mini-SeriesThe Hon. Mrs. Skewton
ITV Playhouse1969TV SeriesMrs. Rowley
Ukridge1968TV SeriesAunt Julia
Detective1964-1968TV SeriesLady Anstruther / Mrs. Revel
The Wednesday Play1968TV SeriesMrs. Hopkins
ITV Play of the Week1958-1967TV SeriesMother / The Marquise de Vauthiers-Bethancourt / Lady Britomart / ...
The Corridor People1966TV SeriesHelena of Morphania
The Liars1966TV SeriesLady Eggelby
Dr. Finlay's Casebook1966TV SeriesLady Meiklejohn
Z Cars1963-1964TV SeriesMiss Mary / Mrs. Morris
Cluff1964TV SeriesMrs. Horton
Seance on a Wet Afternoon1964Mrs. Wintry
Blaze of Glory1963Grandmother
Comedy Playhouse1963TV SeriesAda Stringer
BBC Sunday-Night Play1960-1962TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Dugan / Lady Brangwyn / Mrs. Schindler
You Can't Win1961TV SeriesMrs. Culdemhar
The Men from Room 131961TV SeriesMrs. Roseberry
You Can't Escape1961TV MovieMrs. Denby-Smith
Armchair Theatre1958-1961TV Series
The Adventures of Alice1960TV MovieWhite Queen
Maigret1960TV SeriesMrs. Wilcox
The 3 Worlds of Gulliver1960Empress of Lilliput
The World of Suzie Wong1960Dinner Guest
The Small House at Allington1960TV SeriesLady Julie de Guest
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1951-1959TV SeriesMadame Laboine / Mrs. Smith / Daisy Manifold
ITV Television Playhouse1959TV Series
Corridors of Blood1958Mrs Matheson
Television Playwright1958TV SeriesWinifred Anstey
Pride and Prejudice1958TV SeriesMrs. Bennet
The Royalty1957TV SeriesJulie Knight
Vanity Fair1956-1957TV SeriesMrs. John Sedley
Nom-de-Plume1956TV SeriesMrs. Hargreaves
Jane Eyre1956TV SeriesMrs. Reed
The Secret1955Aunt Doris
Cornelia1955TV MovieLady Binnacle
Blithe Spirit1948TV MovieRuth Condomine
The Weaker Sex1948Harriet Lessing
The Unattainable1948TV MovieCaroline Ashley
Bond Street1948Aunt Lottie (uncredited)
Emma1948TV MovieMrs. Elton
The Cherry Orchard1947TV MovieMme. Ranevsky
Flight from Folly1945Harriet
Adventure for Two1943Mrs. Teddy Beckett (uncredited)
When We Are Married1943Annie Parker
We'll Meet Again1943Mrs. Crump
Let the People Sing1942Lady Shepshod
This Was Paris1942Lady Muriel
The Common Touch1941Mother at School Cricket Match (uncredited)
Suicide Squadron1941Miss Gratton (as Marion Spencer)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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