Irvin Kay Memorial Fund

The Irvin W. Kay Memorial Fund for Science Education…

… was established by Dr. Kay’s family after his death, October 12, 2005. All contributions to this fund will be used by the Academy’s Washington Junior Academy of Sciences to support or present programs of interest to pre-college students in the Washington, DC area who are interested in possible science related careers and activities.

Dr. Irvin W. Kay was married for over 50 years to Peg Kay. Peg served as President of the Washington Academy of Sciences in 2004-2005 and as Executive Director until her retirement in 2012. We extend our thanks to Peg and the Kay family for initiating the Irvin W. Kay Memorial Fund for Science Education.

Dr. Kay began his professional career as a Research Associate and Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute, New York University. After a brief period as Professor of Electrical Engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit, he moved to the Washington area where he was a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) for more than 20 years. He was a fellow of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI).  The author of some 100 technical publications, he is best known as the co-author (with Morris Kline) of Electromagnetic Theory and Geometric Optics.

During his entire professional life and into retirement, he showed an abiding interest in the science education of young people, occasionally lecturing at local high schools here and in Detroit and often serving as a judge for local science fairs.

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to the Fund by sending a donation to  the Washington Academy of Sciences – Irvin Kay Memorial Fund by using the donate button on this website.