Henry Margenau, 96, a retired professor of physics and natural science who became an expert on microwave theory, died on Feb. 8 in Hamden, Conn. A member of the Yale University faculty for 41 years, his theories on the properties of light as it passed through a prism were used to analyze fireballs created in hydrogen bomb tests. In World War II, his work on microwave theory helped lead to technology used in transmitting and receiving radar signals.
Conrad M. Arensberg, 86, a pioneering scholar who helped shift the focus of anthropology from the study of exotic primitive peoples to the examination of complex modern societies, died on Monday at a nursing home in Hazlet, N.J. He had been professor of anthropology at Columbia University from 1953 until his retirement in 1980.
Robert Ridgely, 65, a film and television actor, died of cancer Feb. 8 at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif. He was a familiar face in Jonathan Demme and Mel Brooks films. He was a game show host in Demme's "Melvin and Howard" and a homophobic lawyer in "Philadelphia." He played Boris the Hangman in Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" and "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."
Pub Date: 2/16/97