Percy Spencer (Inventor) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


Percy Lebaron Spencer was an American physicist and inventor. He became known as the inventor of the microwave oven.

Born: July 19, 1894, Howland, Maine
Died: Sept 8, 1970, Newton, Massachusetts
Nationality: American
Education: United States Navy
Employer: Raytheon
Known for: Microwave oven
Spouse(s): Louise Spencer, Lillian Ottenheimer Spencer
Children: James, John, and George

About Percy Spencer

Inventor, engineer and scientist best remembered as the co-inventor of the microwave oven.

Before Fame

He was known as a leading expert in radar tube design by 1939.


He was working on a magnetron in a lab when he discovered the waves coming out of it melted the candy bar in his pocket.

Family Life

His family was poor, and he had little formal schooling. He had three sons with his wife Louise Spencer.


He and Vannevar Bush, a fellow engineer, were good friends.

Information related to Percy Spencer

  • Recipients of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award
  • Raytheon people
  • 20th-century American engineers

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Latest information about Percy Spencer updated on September 07, 2020.

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