Published in The Asbury Park Press December 14, 2000 by John A. Harnes
Stanley Kronenberg, 73, a world-recognized authority on nuclear radiation technology and detectors who had worked at Fort Monmouth since 1953, died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Skillman, west of Princeton.
“Seldom have individuals given so much of themselves as did Stanley,” said Maj. Gen. Robert L. Nabors, commander of the Army Communications Electronics Command and Fort Monmouth “The 47 years he served Fort Monmouth, the U.S. Army and his country speak to his extraordinary dedication,” Nabors said. “A renowned physicist and senior researcher, he was so much more to those he touched.”
Born in Krosno, Poland, on May 3, 1927, Kronenberg studied physics and chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria, specializing in quantum mechanics and nuclear physics.
He obtained his doctorate in physics from the University of Vienna in 1952.
A short time later, he received a call from the American Embassy in Vienna asking him if he would like to come to the United States and work for the government.
Hired by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, then based at Fort Monmouth, he became a member of its Nucleonics Division, becoming the director of that division in 1962. He headed that organization for the next 21 years, while its name and the laboratory it was part of changed several times.
In this capacity, Kronenberg participated in many atmospheric tests and later underground nuclear weapons tests.
During his career with the Army, Kronenberg published approximately 100 scientific papers in the area of nuclear radiation physics, earning him recognition worldwide as an expert in the field.
Most recently, Kronenberg was an employee of the CECOM Research, Development and Engineering Center’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate.
Kronenberg received numerous honors and awards, among them the Meritorious Civil Service Medal, three Department of the Army , Research and Development Achievement Awards and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Outstanding Public Service Award.
Kronenberg was known to tell colleagues that he enjoyed his work as a researcher so much that he never planned to retire.
The son of the late Ferdinand and Eugenie Kronenberg, he is survived by his wife of 47 year’s, Eva Kroupa Kronenberg; a son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Nancy Kronenberg of Bedford, N.Y.; a daughter, Olga Kronenberg of the Montgomery section of Hillsborough; and two grandchildren, Frances and Isabel.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at All Saints Church, Princeton.