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US Should Spend More On Basic Research

As evidenced by the report of the President’s Commission on National Goals there is urgent need for more basic or pure scientific research in the United States. So, 56 years ago, started the American Letter feature in Electronics Weekly’s edition of December 21st 1960. The article continues: There is every evidence President-elect Kennedy holds this view too. The question is ...

The Season Of Goodwill – But Not For TV Industry

This is the season of Goodwill towards all men (and women!). But a suspicion of bitterness has crept in. Colour television has been banned for at least three years whilst the Pilkington Committee deliberates on it and on other broadcasting matters. So, 55 years ago, started the leader column in Electronics weekly’s edition of December 21st 1960 The leader continued: ...

Aircraft Built By Computers

Production control by computer in the aircraft industry was the title, 56 years ago, of an article in Electronics Weekly’s edition of December 21st 1950 by H.S Woodgate of The Fairey Aviation Company and International Computers and Tabulators Ltd (forerunner of ICL). The article opens: THE extremely high calculating speed of the modern electronic computer enables calculating techniques to be ...

New From TI

New from Texas So started an ad 56 years ago in Electronics Weekly’s edition of December 21st 1960. The ad continued: SILICON ALLOY PNP TRANSISTORS CLOSELY CONTROLLED BETA SPREAD HIGH COLLECTOR VOLTAGE (up to 60 V) LOW SATURATION (BOTTOMING) VOLTAGE (100 mV typical) HIGH PEAK CURRENT (100 mA) LOW Ico (0-1 jiA max.) 2S301 2S302 VCB 60V MAX VCB 25V ...

Electronics Fights Heart Disease

A METHOD for determining the cause of acute cardiac disorders by exploring the circulatory system was one of the examples of medical electronics given by Prof R. F. Woolmer of the Royal College of Surgeons during his Kelvin Lecture to the IEE in London last week. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of May 3rd ...

Sounds Like Plessey

To specify Plessey loudspeakers is to ensure outstanding reliability. So, 55 years ago, ran an ad in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 26th 1961. The ad continued: Careful design, up-to- date manufacturing methods and stringent tests together provide a service unsurpassed in the industry. Outstanding features of the latest types include a choice of motor units giving three alternative values ...

Learn A Language In Four Weeks

Problems, and how men have solved them, are always of great interest. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 26th 1961 The story continues: Last week I met Mr P.R.Chorley manager of Shell International Petroleum Co Ltd, St Swithin’s Training Centre. His problem was how to teach conversational Indonesian to a group of Shell ...

New Wire In Magnetic Field Tests

Bell Laboratories research scientists have used a specially formulated wire, manufactured from niobium and tin, to demonstrate the feasibility of very high-strength magnetic fields in the superconducting region. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 12th 1961 The possibility of this has been realised for many years but the materials used so far have ...

Radioactive Waste Converted Into Glass

A method of storing highly radioactive waste by converting it into an insoluble glass-like solid has been announced by the UKAEA. So, 55 years ago, started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 12th 1961 Development work is being done by scientists and engineers of the Chemical Engineering Division at the Harwell Research Establishment. A pilot plant to handle ...

Pocket Radios Will Soon be As Common As Wrist-Watches

Your correspondent A. R. Hobden, who alleges that “there is now a large section of the population unable to receive medium -wave transmissions which the local stations are intending using during daylight hours,” need not worry, for pocket medium-wave receivers will soon be as common as wrist watches.” So, 55 years ago started a letter in Electronics Weekly’s edition of ...