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[[First-Hand:Solid State Circuits Society First Hand Histories|Solid State Circuits Society First Hand Histories]] - A collection of first hand histories initially published in the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society newsletter and subsequently magazine, including Dale L. Critchlow, Gene M. Amdahl, Barrie Gilbert, Robert H. Dennard, Mitsumasa Koyanagi, Eric A. Vittoz, Christian Enz, Gordon Bell, Erik H. M. Heijne, Federico Faggin, Marcian E. Hoff, Stanley Mazor, Masatoshi Shima, Joseph A. Fisher, Robert P. Colwell, Ken Smith, Tom Rent, John W. Meredith, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Robert Brayton. === 50 Year Member First Hand Histories === The 50 Year Member First Hand Histories is a special collection of First Hand Histories submitted by loyal members since the merger of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) to form IEEE on 1 January 1963. [[First-Hand:50 Year Member First Hand Histories|List of all 50 Year Member First Hand Histories]] === Sportsvision === [[First-Hand:Recollections of the development of the FoxTrax hockey puck tracking system|Recollections of the development of the FoxTrax hockey puck tracking system]], by Rick Cavallaro - Cavallaro discusses how the hockey puck tracking system was developed under Fox’s commission when they won the NHL broadcasting rights in 1995. Included is discussion on the use of infra-red technology in the camera tracking system, development of an ‘electronic puck’ by using LEDs in the puck and the process of synchronizing the cameras and the puck. [[First-Hand:My Recollections of the Development of the Glowing Hockey Puck|My Recollections of the Development of the Glowing Hockey Puck]], by Stan Honey - Honey recounts his experiences while working at Newscorp and developing the glowing hockey puck for Fox who were eager to make hockey more accessible to television viewers. He describes the various technical approaches and different kinds of technology used in TV cameras to provide a better viewing experience on television. == Single Author First Hand Histories == === Bioengineering === [[First-Hand:Starting Up Cetus, the First Biotechnology Company - 1973 to 1982|Starting Up Cetus, the First Biotechnology Company - 1973 to 1982]], by Roy Merrill - An account of Merrill's role in starting up Cetus with 20 other employees under Pete Farley, where he began by managing the computing facility supporting the Cetus Mass Screening System. === Communications === [[First-Hand:From War-Time Radio to Peace-Time Television|From War-Time Radio to Peace-Time Television]], by Leslie Balter - Reminiscences of Balter's childhood working with radio and later as a professional at Endicott. [[First-Hand:Applying digital television technology to medical imaging = x-ray dosage reduction and non-invasive angiography|Applying digital television technology to medical imaging = x-ray dosage reduction and non-invasive angiography]], by Stanley Baron - An account detailing the development of noise reduction techniques for television images for creating angiograms which reduced the radiation risks involved with earlier imaging services for fetuses. [[First-Hand:Digital Television: The Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) Standard|Digital Television: The Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) Standard]], by Stanley Baron - In this article Baron discusses how the demand for an enhanced, advanced television broadcasting services led the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) to commission a taskforce that was to be engaged in developing digital terrestrial television broadcasting. The DTTB was to offer ‘broadcasters the ability to construct a digital highway into each home that allowed for a range of digital services.’ [[First-Hand:Inventing the Vidifont: the first electronics graphics machine used in television production|Inventing the Vidifont: the first electronics graphics machine used in television production]], by Stanley Baron - An account of Baron's dealings with the employees at CBS and their collaborative efforts in developing the vidifont. [[First-Hand:The Foundation of Digital Television: the origins of the 4:2:2 component digital standard|The Foundation of Digital Television: the origins of the 4:2:2 component digital standard]], by Stanley Baron - Baron's recollections in developing a foundational standard for digital television broadcasting. [[First-Hand:Wartime Work on Missile Guidance to Federal Telecommunications System|Wartime Work on Missile Guidance to Federal Telecommunications System]], by M. Lloyd Bond - Bond discusses his work on missile guidance systems, and his role in the Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) and the Advanced Record System in the 1960s. [[First-Hand:Observations of the History Of Radio/Television Since the Close of World War II|Observations of the History Of Radio/Television Since the Close of World War II]], by Jules Cohen - Cohen provides highlights various important events in the history of broadcasting. [[First-Hand:My Recollections: Development of Football's Virtual First Down Line|My Recollections: Development of Football's Virtual First Down Line]], by J.R. Gloudemans - An account of the development of the First-and-Ten line used in football television broadcasting. [[First-Hand:The end of PicturePhone|The end of PicturePhone]], by Edward Goldstein - PicturePhone had become an embarrassment to the Bell System, and Goldstein discusses his role in ending the project. [[First-Hand:Chad is Our Most Important Product: An Engineer's Memory of Teletype Corporation|Chad is Our Most Important Product: An Engineer's Memory of Teletype Corporation]], by Jim Haynes - A thoroughly comprehensive history about Teletype, a manufacturer of communications equipment. [[First-Hand:Negotiating Communications Center Construction in India|Negotiating Communications Center Construction in India]], by Leonard A. Karr - An engineer for Burns and Roe, Karr recalls an assignment to Calcutta, where he was tasked with meeting with Damodar Valley Corporation to discuss a proposal for installing a central load dispatch and communications center. [[First-Hand:Radio, TV, and Life in War and Peace|Radio, TV, and Life in War and Peace]], by Rowland Medler - Medler discusses his experiences in World War II, and his work in television at WJHL/AM/FM/TV and WUFT after the war. [[First-Hand:Bing Crosby and the Recording Revolution|Bing Crosby and the Recording Revolution]], by Robert R. Phillips - An account of Phillips role in the Bing Crosby corporation, which made pioneering developments in audio and video recording. Philips Telephone Exchanges and Denmark, [[First-Hand:Philips Telephone Exchanges and Denmark before 1960|before 1960]], [[First-Hand:Philips Telephone Exchanges and Denmark, 1960-1970|1960 - 1970]], [[First-Hand:Philips Telephone Exchanges and Denmark 1970-1980|1970 - 1980]], [[First-Hand:Philips Telephone Exchanges and Denmark 1980-1990|1980 - 1990]], [[First-Hand:Philips Telephone Exchanges and Denmark 1990 - 1997|1990 - 1997]], by Swenn Poulsen - A detailed account of the origins of Danish Philips telephone exchanges and the author's role in their development. [[First-Hand:Telstar... and some personal recollections|Telstar... and some personal recollections]], by Milton Punnett - Punnett's recollections of his role in the Telstar project, the first satellite to relay television signals. [[First-Hand:Event in Telecom Switching Development|Event in Telecom Switching Development]], by Philip C. Richards - A discussion of the Electronic Switching Systems by Bell Laboratories and the System 12 switching system. [[First-Hand:Real-time Telemetry Processing|Real-time Telemetry Processing]], by Bill Rymer - Rymer provides for a brief history of telemetry, and its development since World War II. === Components, Circuits, Devices and Systems === [[First-Hand:The First-Ever Integrated High Fidelity Output System|The First-Ever Integrated High Fidelity Output System]], by Alfred W. Barber - Barber discusses his role in the development of the W2XR high fidelity project. [[First-Hand:Warsaw's First Vacuum Tube Factory: The Story of Wieslaw Barwicz|Warsaw's First Vacuum Tube Factory: The Story of Wieslaw Barwicz]], by Wieslaw Barwicz - An account of the vacuum tube manufacturing industry in Poland. [[First-Hand:Invention of an Integrated Circuit|Invention of an Integrated Circuit]], by Jack Bremer - An account of the development of an integrated circuit using superconductivity instead of semiconductivity. [[First-Hand:Tube Manufacturing at Sylvania|Tube Manufacturing at Sylvania]], by W. A. Dickinson - Dickinson discusses his career manufacturing tubes for a number of clients, and his role in the IRE. [[First-Hand:A Life in Wire and Cable Engineering|A Life in Wire and Cable Engineering]], by Emil Evancich - An account of Evancich's career, spanning from head of the manufacturing engineering department, and later president, at Northern Electric Company, head of computer stock market research at William O'Neil & Company, forming Wireflex and becoming chief engineer for Wrap On. [[First-Hand:The First Quartz Wrist Watch|The First Quartz Wrist Watch]], by Armin Frei - The world's first quartz wrist watch had been created by a group of researchers Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH), Neuchâtel. Here Frei explains his views on why the world's first quartz wrist watch was Beta 1 and not Beta 21, which is claimed by the Swiss watch industry. Frei then describes how CEH did not use the Beta 1 model after 1968, differing from non-Swiss manufacturers who saw great success by basing their products on Beta 1. [[First-Hand:The First Quartz Wrist Watch Assembling Crew|The First Quartz Wrist Watch Assembling Crew]], by Armin Frei - Aside Frei's insights on Beta 1 and Beta 21 mentioned in the previous entry, this article sheds light on certain people who were involved the invention of the first quartz wrist watch but who did not receive recognition. [[First-Hand:Saving the Transistor Symbol|Saving the Transistor Symbol]], by Sorab K. Ghandhi - Ghandhi reminisces about early standardization issues pertaining to the symbol used for transistors. [[First-Hand:My recollections of 50 years in Electronics|My recollections of 50 years in Electronics]], by Stephen Goch - An account of the author's role in developing klystron transmitters, electronic navigational aids, and radar and IFF systems. [[First-Hand:Semiconductors at Purdue and Beyond|Semiconductors at Purdue and Beyond]], by David M. Hodgin - Recollections of Hodgin's role in semiconductor research at Purdue from 1942 through early 1944. [[First-Hand:Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An Engineering Career in Consumer Electronics|Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: An Engineering Career in Consumer Electronics]], by Lee H. Hoke, Jr. - An account dealing with the changing nature of consumer electronics, spanning the developments that lead from vacuum tubes, to transistors, to integrated circuits, as well as discussion of the author's work at Philco-Ford. [[First-Hand:Circuit Design, Fiber Optics, Games, Detector Arrays, Voice Communications: A Journal of an Electrical Engineer|Circuit Design, Fiber Optics, Games, Detector Arrays, Voice Communications: A Journal of an Electrical Engineer]], by Harold Minuskin - A varied account dealing with the many aspects of Minuskin's lengthy career. [[First-Hand:A Memorable Period|A Memorable Period]], by Jack Peterson - An account of Peterson's work in the electronics industry in circuit design, starting with vacuum tubes, then working with early transistors, and his work with integrated circuits. [[First-Hand:Recollections of Ampex and the Video Recorder|Recollections of Ampex and the Video Recorder]], by Fred Pfost - Pfost recalls his role in the development of the Video Recorder. [[First-Hand:Lab for Agricultural Remote Sensing|Lab for Agricultural Remote Sensing]], by Bill Rymer - Rymer discusses his role in the development of a pattern recognition circuit for agricultural remote sensing. [[First-Hand:Work at RCA on Traveling Wave Tubes|Work at RCA on Traveling Wave Tubes]], by Max J. Schindler - A brief account of the author's work on traveling wave tubes. [[First-Hand:Beginning of the Silicon Age|Beginning of the Silicon Age]], by Morris Tanenbaum - This account details the beginnings of the silicon age and chronicles Tanenbaum's involvement with Bell Labs and the development of the transistor under William Shockley. [[First-Hand:Serendipity and Superconducting Magnets|Serendipity and Superconducting Magnets]], by Morris Tanenbaum - Tanenbaum writes about his work developing superconducting magnet technology at the Metallurgical Research Department at Bell Labs. === Computers and Information Processing === [[First-Hand:My Development as an Engineer in the Years Before Atari|My Development as an Engineer in the Years Before Atari]], by Alan Alcorn - An account of how and why Alcorn decided to become an engineer, covering the period of his life in when he took an RCA home correspondence course in radio and television repair, studied at UC Berkeley and worked at Ampex. [[First-Hand:The Development of Pong: Early Days of Atari and the Video Game Industry|The Development of Pong: Early Days of Atari and the Video Game Industry]], by Alan Alcorn - Describes Alcorn's experiences in developing the video game Pong which revolutionized the video game industry. [[First-Hand:Video Game and Computer Technology Interaction|Video Game and Computer Technology Interaction]], by Alan Alcorn - In this article Alcorn discusses how computer and video game development through computer technology required re-orientations from engineers who had to apply their skill set to a new medium. [[First-Hand:Engineering the Technology of the Future: Building High-Speed Computing Machines in the 1950s|Engineering the Technology of the Future: Building High-Speed Computing Machines in the 1950s]], by John Alrich - An account of the development of the Datatron computers at Consolidated Electrodynamics Corporation. [[First-Hand:The Birth of IMS/360|The Birth of IMS/360]], by Uri Berman - Outlines the authors experience in the collaborative project between IBM and Rockwell Space which developed IMS/360 (Information Management System/360) which contained DL/I, a program that had been developed previously by Berman. No Damned Computer Can Tell Me What To Do! The Story of the Naval Tactical Data System, NTDS, [[First-Hand:No Damned Computer is Going to Tell Me What to DO - The Story of the Naval Tactical Data System, NTDS|Chapter 1]], [[First-Hand:The Navy Codebreakers and Their Digital Computers - Chapter 2 of the Story of the Naval Tactical Data System|Chapter 2]], [[First-Hand:McNally's Challenge, Conceptualizing the Naval Tactical Data System - Chapter 3 of the Story of the Naval Tactical Data System|Chapter 3]], [[First-Hand:Building the U.S. Navy's First Seagoing Digital System - Chapter 4 of the Story of the Naval Tactical Data System|Chapter 4]], [[First-Hand:Testing the Naval Tactical Data System - Chapter 5 of the Story of the Naval Tactical Data System|Chapter 5]], [[First-Hand:Moving the Firing Key to NTDS - Chapter 6 of the Story of the Naval Tactical Data System|Chapter 6]], [[First-Hand:The Naval Tactical Data System in Combat - Chapter 7 of the Story of the Naval Tactical Data System|Chapter 7]], [[First-Hand:The Marine Tactical Data System and the Airborne Tactical Data System - Chapter 8 of the Story of the Naval Tactical Data System|Chapter 8]], [[First-Hand:Legacy of NTDS - Chapter 9 of the Story of the Naval Tactical Data System|Chapter 9]], by David Boslaugh - An incredibly detailed account of the development of the Naval Tactical Data System, the first digitized weapon system in the US Navy, which is rich with photographs, interesting anecdotes and personal recollections of the events and technology. [[First-Hand:Origins of Hewlett Packard 35 (HP-35)|Origins of Hewlett Packard 35 (HP-35)]], by Dave Cochran - In this article Cochran traces his work at Hewlett-Packard from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s. In particular he writes about their work on developing the HP-35, a pocket-sized hand-held calculator. [[First-Hand:Six Decades of Calculations|Six Decades of Calculations]], by Thomas Cuthbert - Provides an account of all ‘kinds of computing devices’ used over 62 years. A naval pilot officer, Cuthbert earned three EE degrees that ‘have enabled design and synthesis of electrical filters and impedance-matching RF networks in frequency ranges from VLF through K band in conjunction with numerical methods and analysis, especially optimization (nonlinear programming), and computer programming in FORTRAN, BASICA, QuickBASIC, Visual BASIC, and C languages.’ [[First-Hand:Interview of Peter J. Denning|Interview of Peter J. Denning]], by Dave Walden - An interview with Denning on the course of his career, originally published in the October-December 2012 issue of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. [[First-Hand:The Anti-Submarine Warfare Ship Command and Control System|The Anti-Submarine Warfare Ship Command and Control System]], by Capt. Carl C. Drenkard - A spin off of the history of the Naval Tactical Data System, Captain Drenkard recalls his role in the development of new automated methods for combatting submarines. [[First-Hand:The First Commercial Computer Application at General Electric|The First Commercial Computer Application at General Electric]], by Burton Grad - Grad details how GE learned the ‘value of using analog computing facilities for scientific calculations and the enhanced use of punch card equipment for all kinds of business applications like accounting, manufacturing control and engineering support’ during the world war II. Its investments in these fields made GE a leading company in computerization. [[First-Hand:Bletchley Park, Station X - Memories of a Colossus Operator|Bletchley Park, Station X - Memories of a Colossus Operator]], by Eleanor Ireland - Ireland recalls her time working as an operator on the Colossus computer, a decrypting machine used by the British in World War II. [[First-Hand:Innovations in Disk Recording, MFM and 3PM Code|Innovations in Disk Recording, MFM and 3PM Code]], by George V. Jacoby - Jacoby recalls his role in developing what would be known as the MFM code, and his development of the 3PM code, used in magnetic disk recording.Z [[First-Hand:The AT&T BELLMAC-32 Microprocessor Development|The AT&T BELLMAC-32 Microprocessor Development]], by Sung Mo (Steve) Kang - In this article Kang contextualizes the emergence of the microprocessor BELLMAC-80 during the division of Bell Laboratories into two separate entities due to federal pressure from 1974-1984. [[First-Hand:Origin of Toshiba Computer Software Product Line COPOS and PODIA for Power-Generation Plant and its induction into the Software Product Line Hall of Fame at Carnegie Mellon University|Origin of Toshiba Computer Software Product Line "COPOS and PODIA" for Power-Generation Plant and its induction into the Software Product Line Hall of Fame at Carnegie Mellon University]], by Haruo Kawahara - An account of how the Toshiba computer software product line for power-generation plant control and operation became one of the most successful and one of the earliest large-scale real-time software for industrial plants. [[First-Hand:The Title Plant Operating System: A Data Base System of Index Files for Recorded Documents|The Title Plant Operating System: A Data Base System of Index Files for Recorded Documents]], by Jerry Koory - Koory discusses his experience developing the Title Plant Operating System on the IBM 360 and the financial and time-related challenges involved. [[First-Hand:39 years with IBM|39 years with IBM]], by Joe Kuhn - An overview of Kuhn's lengthy career at IBM. [[First-Hand:Internet's Origin|Internet's Origin]], by Yngvar Lundh - An overview of the technology underlying the Internet, including a discussion of the author's role in the development of Arpanet. [[First-Hand:Over 50 Years in Computing|Over 50 Years in Computing]], by Raymond E. Miller - An account of Miller's work in the computing field, beginning in 1950 with engineering courses at IBM. [[First-Hand:A Historical Cobol Note|A Historical Cobol Note]], by Robert Patrick - This brief account notes how Patrick discovered a debate in the 1930s on producing and standardizing a single language for international commerce, and integrated the constructs of one of the contenders, Basic English, into the Honeywell compiler. [[First-Hand:Measurement in Early Software|Measurement in Early Software]], by Robert Patrick - An account on Patrick's involvement in the the development of software for various early IBM machines (701, 704, 709, 7040, 7090), and the engineering approaches that came along with it. [[First-Hand:Operating System Roots|Operating System Roots]], by Robert Patrick - A history of the evolution of various IBM operating systems and Patrick's role in their development. [[First-Hand:Evolutionary Events in Core Business Information Systems|Evolutionary Events in Core Business Information Systems]], by Bruce Peterson - In this article Peterson highlights key events in his computing career which shaped core business information systems, including his work on IBM S/360 computers and Pitchfork Processing. [[First-Hand:The Hidden Markov Model|The Hidden Markov Model]], by Lawrence R. Rabiner - A remembrance of Rabiner's development of the Hidden Markov Model, a statistical method for speech processing. [[First-Hand:The Birth of MELVYL|The Birth of MELVYL]], by Stephen R. Salmon - A brief account of the development of MELVYL, the first online library catalog. [[First-Hand:Commercialization of Embedded RISC Cores|Commercialization of Embedded RISC Cores]], by Hajime Sasaki - A recollection of Sasaki's role in semiconductor development at NEC Corporation. [[First-Hand:Things I remember about my time with IBM|Things I remember about my time with IBM]] - by Russel Theisen, a recollection about how Theisen suggested using an oscilloscope to solve a particular problem with excessive noise in the transmission of data of an IBM 7030 computer in the North Street Plant of Endicott, NY. [[First-Hand:Contributions of Russell E. Theisen|Contributions of Russell E. Theisen]] - Theisen talks about how in 1964 he suggested and implemented a "cookbook" of substitute transistors, diodes and other parts for replacement and service on IBM machines. [[First-Hand:More Contributions of Russell E. Theisen|More Contributions of Russell E. Theisen]] - Theisen discusses him being tasked with building the first IBM Solid Logic Computer, the IBM 360-20, and the problems he encountered with the power system. [[First-Hand:The Unscented Transform|The Unscented Transform]], by Jeffrey Uhlmann - Uhlmann discusses the development of the unscented transform in Q&A format. [[First-Hand:Cryo CMOS and 40+ layer PC Boards - How Crazy is this?|Cryo CMOS and 40+ layer PC Boards - How Crazy is this?]], by Tony Vacca - An account detailing how logic designers and other computer scientists decided to utilize CMOS technology for the ETA Systems Supercomputer. [[First-Hand:Learning About Computers, Programming, and Computer System Design Circa 1963 - 1981|Learning About Computers, Programming, and Computer System Design Circa 1963 - 1981]], by Dave Walden - Walden tells how he learned the technology of computing in the days when university computer science departments were still a new idea [[First-Hand:A Brief Account of Spell Checking as Developed by Houghton Mifflin Company|A Brief Account of Spell Checking as Developed by Houghton Mifflin Company]], by Howard Webber - An account of Webber's role in developing a spellchecker for Houghton Mifflin. [[First-Hand:Early PC History|Early PC History]] - by Alan Weinkrantz, a brief account which discusses the importance of Datapoint in the history of the development of the personal computer. [[First-Hand:Novell 1980-1990|Novell 1980-1990]], by Roger White - A brief account of three stages in Novell's history, first when Novel Data Systems is founded, second from 1983-1989 in which the company witnessed huge success and employed thousands and third in 1990 when there was a management shift and the visionaries left. [[First-Hand:Liquid Crystal Display Evolution - Swiss Contributions|Liquid Crystal Display Evolution - Swiss Contributions]], by Peter Wild - An account of the Swiss contributions to the development of the LCD === Engineering Profession and Education === [[First-Hand:An Engineer's World Travels|An Engineer's World Travels]], by Leo Berberich - Berberich details his varied career, focusing on his time working in international relations at Westinghouse. [[First-Hand:A Co-op Student Before Graduation|A Co-op Student Before Graduation]], by Dean Chapman - This article examines the Co-op Student before Graduation program, its benefits for the prospective engineer and its role as a recruiting tool for GE. [[First-Hand:An IEEE Senior Member's Interesting Engineering Career|An IEEE Senior Member's Interesting Engineering Career]], by William S. Cranmer - An overview of Cranmer's career [[First-Hand:An Engineer's Career in Academia|An Engineer's Career in Academia]], by W. Jack Cunningham - Cunningham describes his career trajectory from the University of Texas (Austin) to Yale. [[First-Hand:Seeing Was Believing|Seeing Was Believing]], by Thomas Cuthbert - A brief recollection of how Cuthbert's research was shaped by Arthur Collins papers. [[First-Hand:Experiences at Westinghouse|Experiences at Westinghouse]], by John Duhl - A brief account of Duhl's career at Westinghouse. [[First-Hand:A Checkered Career in Electrical Engineering|A Checkered Career in Electrical Engineering]], by William A. Edson - Edson discusses his varied career, spanning from the University of Kansas, Bell Labs, the Electromagnetic Technology Corporation and the Radio Physics Lab of SRI International. [[First-Hand:A Jesuit's Forays in Astronomy and Seismology|A Jesuit's Forays in Astronomy and Seismology]], by Francis J. Heyden - An account of Heyden's career, receiving an assignment to be the chief astronomer of the Manila Observatory. [[First-Hand:Engineering in Military, Civilian, and Government Sectors|Engineering in Military, Civilian, and Government Sectors]], by Alfred Holtum - Holtum recalls his lengthy and varied career starting with the Signal Corps, and spanning from the Andrew California Corporation, the R&D Department of the CIA, and Professor of Engineering Technology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. [[First-Hand:Adversity No Match for Electronics Engineer|Adversity No Match for Electronics Engineer]], by Frank T. Luff - Raised in a small farming town in rural Nebraska, Luff discusses his experiences in the Great Depression, difficulties finding adequate math and science courses in high school, and various obstacles overcome in his career as a radar engineer. [[First-Hand:Unions and Utilities in New York|Unions and Utilities in New York]], by Alexander Lurkis - One of the founders of the first civil service technical organization, the Civil Service Technical Guild, and former president of AFL-CIO, Lurkis discusses his role in organized labor in New York, his position of Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Gas and Electricity in the Department of Water Supply, Gas and Electricity under Commissioner Armand D'Angelo, and his post-retirement consulting activities. [[First-Hand:Electrophysiology and Defense, EKGs, Electroshock Therapy, and Antisubmarine Weaponry|Electrophysiology and Defense, EKGs, Electroshock Therapy, and Antisubmarine Weaponry]], by Franklin Offner - Founder of Offner Electronics which initially manufactured electrophysiological equipment, but later worked on defense contracts and merged with Beckman Instruments, Offner provides an overview of his career and his various accomplishments. [[First-Hand:A Career at Westinghouse|A Career at Westinghouse]], by Nick Petrou - A brief account of Petrou's career at Westinghouse which culminated with the position of Corporate Vice President of Human Resources. [[First-Hand:Education and Management in an IEEE Life Member's Career|Education and Management in an IEEE Life Member's Career]], by George Platts - A manager at Crosley Corporation, Platts discusses his career, building devices including automotive radios proximity fuzes. [[First-Hand:Ups and Downs in an Engineer's Career|Ups and Downs in an Engineer's Career]], by Rudolph Steiner - Steiner gives a brief recollection of his personal accomplishments and the most important people he met during his career as an engineer. [[First-Hand:Milestones in Consumer Electronics - Memories of a High-Tech PR Pioneer|Milestones in Consumer Electronics - Memories of a High-Tech PR Pioneer]], by Joel Strasser - A recollection of Strasser's landmark work in marketing communications, specifically the development of high-tech public relations. [[First-Hand:How I Chose My Profession|How I Chose My Profession]], by George W. Swenson, Jr. - A recollection of how Swanson entered the engineering profession. [[First-Hand:Recollections of My Career|Recollections of My Career]], by Sasson Toeg - A brief overview of Toeg's varied career. [[First-Hand:Ingenious Gender Detector|Ingenious Gender Detector]], by V. Vanek - A brief recollection of a piece of gender recognition equipment, developed by RCA in 1964 for the New York World's Fair. [[First-Hand:My Recollections in Electrical Engineering|My Recollections in Electrical Engineering]], by Alvin C. Wilson - A recollection of the author's time spent at the National Bureau of Standards. [[First-Hand:An Electrical Engineering Education at Cornell, 1956 - 1961|An Electrical Engineering Education at Cornell, 1956 - 1961]], by A. David Wunsch - An account of Wunsch's experiences in the Cornell engineering program. === IEEE === [[First-Hand:First-Hand:From a Colorado Farm to the Bureau of Reclamation: An IEEE Life Member's Story|From a Colorado Farm to the Bureau of Reclamation: An IEEE Life Member's Story]], by Thomas M. Austin - A brief account of Austin's career at the Bureau of Reclamation and his relationship with AIEE and IEEE. [[First-Hand:Recollections of the IRE|Recollections of the IRE]], by Bradford Bates - Brief recollections of IEEE's predecessor organization [[First-Hand:Norman Bleshman, Chairman of the Power and Industrial Division (NY)|Norman Bleshman, Chairman of the Power and Industrial Division (NY)]], by Norman A. Bleshman - A brief account of Bleshman's role in the AIEE New York Section. [[First-Hand:Gustav Bliesner: Coordinator, Portland Section|Gustav Bliesner: Coordinator, Portland Section]], by Gustav Bliesner - A brief account of Bliesner's role in IEEE. [[First-Hand:Recollections of a Region 8 Director|Recollections of a Region 8 Director]], by Anthony C Davies - An account of Davies' relationship with IEEE and Region 8, dating back to the 1967. [[First-Hand:Events that Influenced My Career|Events that Influenced My Career]], by Gerard H. (Gus) Gaynor - An account of Gaynor's experiences at College, 3M Europe where he worked for more than 25 years and his post-retirement activities in IEEE. [[First-Hand:History of the GHN|History of GHN]], by Richard Gowen - Gowen, past president of the IEEE and Chair of the IEEE History Committee from 2007-2008, served as a guide for the development of the Global History Network and provides an account of the motivations behind the development of the GHN, its objectives, and the processes involved in establishing it. [[First-Hand:A Look Back over the First 50 Years of IEEE|A Look Back over the First 50 Years of IEEE]], by G. Holman King - Reflections on IEEE and its relationship with the engineering profession. [[First-Hand:Recollections on the Merger of IRE and AIEE|Recollections on the Merger of IRE and AIEE]], by Julian Reitman - A brief account of Reitman's role in the IRE and how the merge affected his career. === Lighting and Lasers === [[First-Hand:The First Continuous Visible Laser|The First Continuous Visible Laser]], by Alan White - White details his experiences working on the laser from 1958 - 1962. He explains how much of the innovation in this field at Bell Labs was sponsored by Signal Corps’ request after the latter recognized the potential of laser for communications. === Microwaves === [[First-Hand:There Was No Ban on Microwave Ovens in the USSR|There Was No Ban on Microwave Ovens in the USSR]], by John M. Osepchuk - Osepchuck addresses the rumor of a microwave ban in the USSR by relating his personal experiences in the field of microwave engineering. === Nuclear and Plasma Sciences === [[First-Hand:Recollections of my Wartime and University Experiences in Nuclear Physics|Recollections of my Wartime and University Experiences in Nuclear Physics]], by Dean Edmonds, jr. - Prior to teaching physics for 30 years at Boston University, Edmonds details his wartime experiences and his education at MIT and Princeton where he worked with atomic beam systems. [[First-Hand:Adventures at Wartime Los Alamos|Adventures at Wartime Los Alamos]], by Lawrence Johnston - Johnson details his experiences in Los Alamos, work on the Fat Man implosion type bomb, and focuses on wartime bomb events such as the Trinity test of the Fat Man bomb and the delivery missions of the bombs to Japan. [[First-Hand:Spanning the Cold War Nuclear Weapons Era: 1956-58 to 1994-2001|Spanning the Cold War Nuclear Weapons Era: 1956-58 to 1994-2001]], by Roy Merrill - An account discussing Merrill's role in the development of nuclear weapons at Sandia Corporation, the ARIES weapons disassembly facility, and a plant prototypic system for immobilizing waste plutonium accumulated from nuclear weapons development. [[First-Hand:My Experience in the Army Air Force, 1943 to 1946|My Experience in the Army Air Force, 1943 to 1946]], by Herman Lunden Miller - Miller discusses his experiences in the Army which started his on a career in physics, including radiation safety, controlled thermonuclear research, the space program, and nuclear power plants. === Power and Energy === [[First-Hand:Electrical Power Conversion|Electrical Power Conversion]], by Harold T. Adkins - A history of the development of switching power amplifiers and power supplies. [[First-Hand:Arc Furnace Transformers (and me!)|Arc Furnace Transformers (and me!)]], by Thomas Blalock - Traces the history of arc furnaces and provides details of the furnace transformers for Pontiac and Baytown, and details Blalock's experiences and observations on those furnaces. [[First-Hand:My Career as an Electrical Consultant|My Career as an Electrical Consultant]], by Aubrey G. Caplan - Caplan talks about his work as an electrical consultant, whose office designed over four thousand jobs. [[First-Hand:My Life Over 60 Years in the Development of Our National Energy Systems|My Life Over 60 Years in the Development of Our National Energy Systems]], by Jack Casazza - Cassaza, who came from a working class family, writes about his schooling, his admission to the engineering program at Cooper Union, his part-time work that sustained his education, his education in the V-7 program at Cornell and Princeton University, enrollment in the Midshipmen program at the Naval Academy following his recruitment in the navy during the WWII. After this period he describes his work at PSE&G, further education at GE electrical and management roles in the IEEE in the post WWII era. [[First-Hand:My Experiences at Westinghouse|My Experiences at Westinghouse]], by John Cerminara, jr. - A brief account of the author's position installing wind turbine structures. [[First-Hand:The Evolution of the Independent Power System Operator in New York State|The Evolution of the Independent Power System Operator in New York State]], by Dean Chapman - A narrative of the evolution of the Independent Power System Operator as an independent entity under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in New York State. [[First-Hand:WAPDA's Electric Distribution System in Pakistan|WAPDA's Electric Distribution System in Pakistan]], by Frank K. Faulkner - A brief account of a promising, yet ultimately disappointing venture in Faulkner's career. [[First-Hand:Engineering Power|Engineering Power]], by Clive M. Gardam - Recollections of Gardam's career at English Electric Company of Canada and Toledo Edison Company. [[First-Hand:Westinghouse Pioneers Development of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) Circuit Breakers|Westinghouse Pioneers Development of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) Circuit Breakers]], by Winthrop Leeds - Leeds discusses the influence of Benjamin Garver Lamme's on his career, which culminated with his role in the application of the gas SF6 (sulfur hexafluoride) to high voltage switchgear, which were the first 500 kw circuit breakers put into service in the United States. [[First-Hand:An Electrophysicist's Role in Academia and Star Wars|An Electrophysicist's Role in Academia and Star Wars]], by Enrico Levi - The author of the texts "Polyphase Motors: a Direct Approach to their Design" and "Electromechanical Power Conversion", Levi discusses his career in academia, his teaching approach where he encouraged his students to broaden their horizons to astrophysics, and his role in the Star Wars program, which he began in 1956. [[First-Hand:Generators and Electrical Insulation|Generators and Electrical Insulation]], by Vernon McFarlin - McFarlin discusses the Great Depression and poor job prospects afterwards, and his work in testing generators for predicting the life of electrical insulation. [[First-Hand:A Lifelong Career in Engineering, An Interview with Darrel E. Moll|A Lifelong Career in Engineering, An Interview with Darrel E. Moll]] - A brief interview with Moll about his career, focusing in power engineering. === Radio and Radar === [[First-Hand:Innovations in Radio Communications: Post WWI|Innovations in Radio Communications: Post WWI]], by Paul D. Andrews - An account of Andrews' early career after World War I and his development of a radio transmitter which was meant to be installed on Post Office aircraft for navigational purposes. [[First-Hand:Radio Engineering and NACA Telemetering|Radio Engineering and NACA Telemetering]], by Paul Burk - Burk details his career at the NACA Instrument Research Division and installing the first FM police radio in Juarez. [[First-Hand:Sidelobe Cancellers and the Like|Sidelobe Cancellers and the Like]], by Dean Chapman - Details Chapman's work in developing Electronic Counter-countermeasures (ECCM) to shield radar against scrambling electronic countermeasure (ECM) equipment. [[First-Hand:My First Handmade Radio|My First Handmade Radio]], by Di Chen - A brief description of the first radio built by Chen during the last years of World War II. [[First-Hand:My Personal History With APS, Part 1|My Personal History With APS, Part 1]], by William Croswell - This article contains a detailed account of Croswell’s education at the Airforce Institute of Technology and his subsequent work on various aircraft projects such as F-102A, Falcon Missile and Bomarc missile. His engagements with these projects were directly linked with his research interests in Radome research and development. [[First-Hand:My Personal History With APS, Part 2a|My Personal History With APS, Part 2a]], by William Croswell - Here Croswell continues his narrative, describing various rocket projects including Echo I and II, Little Joe, Project Mercury, the Apollo program, experiments with antenna analysis and Brush cathode discharge tubes. [[First-Hand:My Personal History With APS, Part 2b|My Personal History With APS, Part 2b]], by William Croswell - A short continuation outlining the development of GTD methods of predicting antenna patterns on aircraft scale models, thin wire structures and the Moment Method. [[First-Hand:My Personal History, part 3|My Personal History, Part 3]], by William Croswell - Croswell's final installment, elaborating on his work on microwave radiometer measurements of the Cape Cod Canal, radiometer development on the AAFE Program, scatterometers, and the stepped frequency microwave radiometer at NASA Langley. [[First-Hand:Early Recollections of Ham Radio|Early Recollections of Ham Radio]], by John J. Dougherty - A brief account of Dougherty's first experiences with ham radio, following a near-fatal case of pneumatic fever. [[First-Hand:A Passion for Radio|A Passion for Radio]], by A. James Ebel - Ebel discusses his interest in radio began in the mid-20s and recollects his lengthy career in radio broadcasting. [[First-Hand:Slide Rule Gives Flight to Tracking Antenna|Slide Rule Gives Flight to Tracking Antenna]], by G. Fonda-Bonardi - A narrative dealing with Fonda-Bonardi’s work in the Hughes Aircraft Company (HAC) where he was responsible for the design, test, and integration of the RF subsystem for the APG37 airborne fire control radar which was intended for use in the new generation of jet interceptors and fighter airplanes, beginning with the F86. [[First-Hand:Hand-Held Radios and Electronic Beepers|Hand-Held Radios and Electronic Beepers]], by Al Gross - Gross discusses his work on a "Joan-Eleanor" system of hand-hand radios which operated on high frequencies, and the development of Royalcall, the first beeper. [[First-Hand:It Started with Ham Radio|It Started with Ham Radio]], by Pete Lefferson - Lefferson details how his interest in ham radio in 1956 led him to become an electrical engineer and IEEE member. [[First-Hand:Electronic Warfare, Radio Receivers and Countermeasures|Electronic Warfare, Radio Receivers and Countermeasures]], by Howard O. Lorenzen - One of the founders of the Electronic Warfare Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, Lorenzen discusses his role in the development of countermeasures during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. [[First-Hand:Television Receivers, Missile Guidance Systems, and the USA's First Satellite|Television Receivers, Missile Guidance Systems, and the USA's First Satellite]], by Leonard R. Malling - Malling discusses his work with the BBC, Varian Associates JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories) and the Lincoln Lab. [[First-Hand:AM Noise Reduction System|AM Noise Reduction System]], by John L. Markwalter, Jr. - A brief account of the author's work in noise reduction. [[First-Hand:Wartime Meteorology, Radar, and Encryption|Wartime Meteorology, Radar, and Encryption]], by Philip Morris - A student in the Air Force meteorology program during World War II, Morris recounts his training before being discharged at the end of the war. === Transportation, Aerospace and Military === [[First-Hand:From Radio Engineering to War-Time Research|From Radio Engineering to War-Time Research]], by Sidney Bertram - Bertram details experiences working at Boeing and Ramo Wooldridge, where he worked on the Universal Automatic Map Compilation System, or UNAMACE. [[First-Hand:Reinventing the Wheel: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Contention in Engineering|Reinventing the Wheel: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Contention in Engineering]], by Paul G. Cushman - Recollections of Cushman's experience with selsyn differential motors and The Polaris Project. [[First-Hand:My Experiences as a Space Engineer: The Pre-launch Years|My Experiences as a Space Engineer: The Pre-launch Years]], by Sajjad Durrani - A narrative of Durrani's experiences from his engineering college in Lahore, doctorate in New Mexico, work at GE communications, and work teaching at various universities and colleges in the US, RCA Space Center, Comsat Labs, and Operations Research, Inc. (ORI) and NASA. The article provides a detailed account of his involvement in space projects. [[First-Hand:Unmanned Aircraft Guidance Technology|Unmanned Aircraft Guidance Technology]], by Manuel Fernandez - The author discusses his role in the development of the Cruise missile. [[First-Hand:Recollections on Education and Missile Guidance Systems|Recollections on Education and Missile Guidance Systems]], by Emil Gaynor - Gaynor recalls his early studies and his work at ADT Company and the Fairchild Guided Missiles Division and RCA where he developed the hybrid fire control computer for the Talos weapon system and the display systems for the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS). [[First-Hand:Development of the Instrument Landing System Glide Path|Development of the Instrument Landing System Glide Path]], by Leon Himmel - An account of Himmel's work at the ITT Federal Laboratories developing a glide path for the instrument landing system. Development work on the equi-signal glide path having a constant rate of descent was used by the military, and further commercialized for civilian use. It was commissioned by the CAA/Signal Corps. [[First-Hand:Lessons Learned from Six Decades of Spacecraft Guidance and Control Experiences|Lessons Learned from Six Decades of Spacecraft Guidance and Control Experiences]], by Henry C. Hoffman, Jr. - Hoffman details his experiences with NASA since the 1940s. [[First-Hand:WWII Allied Telecommunications Systems|WWII Allied Telecommunications Systems]], by Julius J. Hupert - A recent graduate of Warsaw Polytechnic when World War II broke out, Hupert discusses his experience in Poland, his escape to France, and the development of a partial-crystal-control frequency generation scheme. [[First-Hand:Black Magic|Black Magic]], by Anthony J. Iacono - An anecdote about solving a problem related to the Fuel Quantity System on the A6E aircraft. [[First-Hand:Hotter in the Shade|Hotter in the Shade]], by Anthony J. Iacono - A brief story about Iacono's work on a particularly hot scenario while performing an EMC Safety of Flight Test. [[First-Hand:BMEWS|BMEWS – Ballistic Missile Early Warning System]], by Stu Levy - Levy explains how the main objective of the BMEWS was to detect an ICBM attack from the Soviet Union and how it would be electronically connected to NORAD. [[First-Hand:Adventures on the USS Intrepid|Adventures on the USS Intrepid]], by John Meredith - This article traces the history of the USS Intrepid, its role in World War II, its voyages in southeast Asia from the 1960s-1970s and primarily focuses upon the Meredith's experiences as a crew member. [[First-Hand:A Brief Biography of My Life|A Brief Biography of My Life]], by Roy Merrill - Merrill provides an account of his life, both professional and personal. [[First-Hand:LearJet, Auto Pilot and Eight Tracks|LearJet, Auto Pilot and Eight Tracks]], by Kenneth Miller - A member of the founding management team at LearJet, Miller discusses his relationship with Lear Inc., where he developed auto pilot systems, eight track tape players and recalls how he got hired by fixing Bill Lear's wire recorder. [[First-Hand:Banging the Large Drum Slowly|Banging the Large Drum Slowly]], by William Merton Nellis - An account of Nellis' experience in working on a project for the Navy which included recording on large drums as a means of delaying analog signals. [[First-Hand:A Right Brain Romantic's Memories of Satellites and Deep Space Probes|A Right Brain Romantic's Memories of Satellites and Deep Space Probes]], by George D. O’Clock - An account of O'Clock's work on a frequency upconverter and the Pioneer 10 and 11 deep space probe system at TRW Systems Group. [[First-Hand:The Lunar Module (LM) Full Mission Engineering Simulator (FMES)|The Lunar Module (LM) Full Mission Engineering Simulator (FMES)]], by John H (Jack) Sachleben - The author discusses his role in the development of the FMES at Grumman. [[First-Hand:My Saturn 5 Experiences|My Saturn 5 Experiences]], by Darrell Tesdall - A recollection of Tesdall's role at Douglas Aircraft designing the Saturn 5 rocket. [[First-Hand:The Loon and the Lark|The Loon and the Lark]], by Howard Wilson - Wilson discusses his experiences working as an engineer in the army in the 1950s in the electrical modification shop, modifying German V-1 buzzbombs into the army Loon missile, and subsequent development of the LARK missile. Return to First-Hand:List of First Hand Histories. Retrieved from "https://ethw.org/First-Hand:List_of_First_Hand_Histories"