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Percy Spencer, Maine Native and Microwave Pioneer: Microwave Miscellany and More Percy Spencer Photos

A visit home

Here's a short news item from the Bangor Daily News, Saturday, December 21, 1912. Looks like 18-year-old Percy is home visiting family and friends, on furlough from the Navy "where he is gaining favor among the higher officials"!

Speedy Weeny


In the late 1940's, there was a vending machine set up in Penn Station in New York City. For ten cents, the machine would give you a hot dog in a bun, cooked by a microwave Oven

New York Times Obituary


New York Times Obituary for Percy Spencer, September 8th, 1971. For some reason, it doesn't mention his role in the invention of the microwave oven!

Honorary Degree


Here's the photo from the Bangor Daily News from Monday, June 12, 1961, with a photo from that weekend's UMaine Graduation Ceremony, Percy Spencer received an honorary degree. Below is a photo of him with the other honorees. Fun Fact: Also in the photo, second from the right is Raymond Fogler, for whom Fogler Library is named.

You can click on the image to get a larger clearer look at it.

Photography of Percy Spencer and other honorees in 1961.

Final Resting Place


Percy Spencer's final resting place is in Newton, Massachusetts. He is buried alongside his first wife, Louise, and their oldest son John.

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