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October 31, 2007

Mtg: Radar History Update – New and Illuminating Information on that “Bastard Invention”

by @ 8:30 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt
 

THURSDAY November 1
Monterey Bay Subsection
Speaker: Nicholas Willis
Time: 3:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: Spanagel Hall Room 321, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
RSVP: required, for access to the NPS campus; US citizens only; by email to D. Jenn, jenn@nps.edu
Web: www.e-grid.net/docs/0711-monterey.pdf

As usually happens during the ongoing development of a major invention, old information is released (or declassified) and new information surfaces.? Such is the case with radar, in particular the first radar, Christian Hulsmeyerâ??s 1904 telemobilskop, and then the â??re-discovery??? of radar in its bistatic configuration in the 1930s.

This new information is summarized, including the multiple claims of invention, which led the great radar pioneer Lamont Blake to comment that â??radar is one of those bastard inventions: one mother, many fathers.???? ? Speculation about the utility of radar had it been embraced earlier closes the brief.

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