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Providence Journal February 19, 1939


Thornley was born in 1903. He married Ina and they had 2 daughters, Nancy and Suzanne. 1 As early as 1915, he was learning Continental Morse Code and the infant science of radio as well as getting his license to operate his own transmitting set. 2


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Providence Journal
March 7, 1922


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Providence Journal
March 7, 1922

In 1922 Thornley is duplicating Duplex Telephony as conducted by Bell Telephone Company a few weeks earlier using his amature station 1AMD in Pawtucket. Here we see a connection 6 with Thomas P Giblin who was conducting the same experiments at the Standard Radio and Electric transmitter, staation 1XAD in Pawtucket. 4


Providence Journal
April 17, 1922


In May of 1922 Thornley broadcast a message to the public from Mayor Joseph H. Gainer from Thornley's transmitter in his home at 7 Belmont St in Pawtucket. 5

In 1922, Thornely helped Boy Scout Troop 5 set up their radios.

Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes
November 1977


Mr Thornlwy was also associated with the Technology Club of Rhode Island in 1923.


The Technology Review
February 1923


Howard Thornley, became the first chief engineer once Thomas P Giblin, who installed station WJAR could remove himself from the stations operation 7

In 1926, using his own set from his home in Pawtucket, contacted and conversed with the Byrd Expedition to the North Pole. At the time the only radio operator in the country to do so.


Providence Journal April 20, 1926


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Providence Journal
April 21, 1926

The Boston Globe April 23, 1926


In 1929, Thornley is very active in the Associated Radio Amateurs of Southern New England.


Providence Journal June 30, 1929


Providence Journal August 4, 1929


In 1933, Thornley who is working for WPRO oversees the installation of a 150 watt transmitter at the Brown Street Station in Chad Brown for use by the Providence police. The equipment and his services were donated by Cherry & Webb the station owners


Providence Journal August 27, 1933


Providence Journal September 20, 1933


Providence Journal October 14, 1934


Througout 1937 to 1939, Thornley is caught up in a FCC case with the Pawtucket Broadcasting Company, of which he is associated, in their attemp to get a license for radio station WNRI.
















Thornley died on June 28, 1968. 3






1 1940 Census

2 Howard Thornley Pioneer Among R. I. Radio Engineers
Providence Journal February 19, 1939


3 Vital Records

4 Providence Journal April 14, 1939

5 Providence Journal May 5, 1939

6 Providence Journal July 19, 1925