Pedigree of:
Phillips Verner Bradford

Harriett Dunlap

= Samuel Phillips

Ida Florence

= Harry Bonnell


Laura Battle

= Henry Knight


Phillips Verner

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Phillips Verner Bradford; b. June 15, 1940, Washington, DC; currently residing in Denver CO.

Brief Biography:

Phillips Verner Bradford was born in Children's Hospital in Georgetown, Washington DC when his parents lived in Takoma Park MD. When about two years old, his family moved to Baltimore MD, where his father was employed as a Radio Engineer for defense contractors, particularly the Martin Aircraft Co. Phillips and his family lived briefly in the Riderwood Community of Towson, MD, then in the Anneslie Community, and he attended the Stoneleigh School which was the public elementary school serving that community. His family moved to Falls Church VA in 1950 where Phillips was enrolled in the Williston Elementary School at Seven Corners from the 5th through 7th grades, and the Fall Church High School from the 8th through 10th grades. He completed his high school education by graduating from Fairfax High School in 1958, where he was honored for having a perfect attendance record. His family had moved to Fairfax VA in 1955. He was a member of the Fairfax High School Band, and was selected to perform on the piccolo for the Virginia All-State Band, which met in a summer camp at William and Mary College in 1956. He also marched with this band in Washington DC for the January 1956 Inaugural Parade for President Eisenhower as he was entering his second term. Phillips also won second prize in the county-wide science fair in his Junior Year of High School.

Phillips graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1962 with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, where he also served as President of the Wilson Hall residence (named for Pres. Woodrow Wilson) in his Senior Year. He then graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA with the Master of Electrical Engineering Degree in 1964. At the Univ. of VA, he had a perfect 4.0 grade average and was named a Newcomb Fellow. In 1968 he graduated with a doctorate in Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering, from Columbia University in New York City. The graduation ceremony, conducted by President Kirk was held in The Cathedral of St. John, rather than on the campus because the campus was overtaken by rebellious students protesting the War in Viet Nam. His thesis was on the subject of microwave emission from electron beam generated plasma. While at Columbia University, he was awarded the distinction of membership in Sigma Xi, the honorary scientific and engineering fraternity.

Prior to graduation from Columbia, Phillips worked as Member of the Technical Staff of the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1967. Realizing that the Bell Laboratories had begun a long-term change in its character as the result of the breakup of its parent company, AT&T Corp., and following his better interests, took the unusual step of entering into a career on Wall Street, while preserving a scientific role as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in its Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. On Wall Street, he served as a securities analyst for Dominick & Dominick for three years and then moved to Merrill Lynch as the first head of an analytical team for technology-based company investment analysis.

During the energy crisis years, Phillips accepted an executive staff position at Ametek, Inc., where he had previously served in a significant role, identifying Ametek as a good investment value in the alternative energy field. This career step led to a period, in the late 1970s, when he developed a strong interest in the field of solar energy and helped to develop energy conserving products for Ametek and later for Phelps Dodge Industries, the manufacturing arm of one of the world's largest copper producers. At Ametek he co-authored the Ametek Solar Energy Handbook, and at Phelps Dodge, he oversaw the design and production of a copper solar absorber plates and oversaw the construction of a factory for this purpose in Anaheim CA. He is the co-inventor of the process that was used for the manufacture of such plates and he became a Patent Agent, licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In this capacity he served Phelps Dodge in other inventions, the most notable of which deals with the vitrification of waste foundry sand to prevent environmentally harmful leachates from escaping into ground water.

In 1988, he completed a manuscript, which was published in 1992 by St. Martin's Press, with co-author, Harvey Blume, an historical work: Ota Benga -The Pygmy in the Zoo, about an unusual incident involving his name-sake maternal grandfather, Samuel Phillips Verner.

From the early 1980s to the late 1990s, Phillips held various positions in public service. First, he served as the Director for Corporate Research at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, next as the Executive Director of the Kansas Advanced Technology Commission under Governor John Carlin, which Phillips converted to a quasi-public corporation, the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. (KTEC). This position ended when the governorship of Kansas changed hands. For a year, Phillips served as the Administrative Director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Computers and Information Systems at his alma mater, Columbia University, which was a program of the New York State Science and Technology Foundation. from 1989-1999 he served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute (CATI), which is an agency of the state of Colorado. For most of the time during his public service career, Phillips was a member of the Science and Technology Council of the States and served on its Executive Committee. He has ask served on the Boards of the Japan America Society of Colorado, the Colorado Medical Devices Association, and TIRE-TAP, a granting agency for the study of technologies used in recycling used motor tires.

Currently, Phillips is retired from formal employment. He serves as the President and owner of Sunrise Ventures, Inc., and teaches several courses as an Adjunct Instructor at the Colorado School of Mines.

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