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McFarlan, Ronald Lyman.
Oral history interview with Ronald Lyman McFarlan, 1979 December 18.
Family background; science interest arose in high school; education at University of Cincinnati and University of Chicago, Ph.D. in physics under Arthur Compton; assistant to Albert A. Michelson and George S. Monk in optics; to Harvard University as a National Research Council fellow, 1930-1932; and as instructor, 1932-1935. United Drug Co., 1935-1940; applied physics industrial career; Vitamin A packeting; BB Chemical Co., 1940-1943; war-related work; Bulova Watch Co. director of research, 1943-1946, war effort contributions in instrument research (Altimeter, Mach meter); Raytheon consultant, from 1946; guided missile program discussions with American Aviation Corp; vacuum tube computer (RADAC), 1950; Datamatic Corp, 1954, Raytheon and Honeywell co-operation; Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) involvement, from 1954; vice-president for Boston chapter, 1959; consulting assignment in numerous fields; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IRE, and AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers merger). Also prominently mentioned are: Charles F. Adams, George Bailey, Lloyd Viel Berkner, Hendley Blackman, Percy Williams Bridgman, Warren Chase, Perry Crawford, Arthur Jeffrey Dempster, William M. Duane, Don Fink, Pat Haggerty, Mervin J. Kelly, Clarence Linder, Dan Noble, Linus Pauling, Walter Peterson, J. Ernst Smith, and Ernst Weber.
Born in 1905.
Adams, Charles F. (Charles Francis), 1854-1914.
Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961.
Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962.
Dempster, Arthur Jeffrey.
Kelly, Mervin Joe.
McFarlan, Ronald Lyman.
Michelson, Albert A. (Albert Abraham), 1852-1931
Pauling, Linus, 1901-
American Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Harvard University.
Honeywell, Inc.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Institute of Radio Engineers.
University of Chicago.
University of Cincinnati.
Raytheon Company.
Physics -- Industrial applications.
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Bailey, George W.
Berkner, Lloyd V. (Lloyd Viel), 1905-
Chase, Warren.
Crawford, Perry.
Duane, William, 1872-1935.
Fink, Don.
Linder, Clarence.
Monk, George Spencer, 1884-
Peterson, Walter.
Weber, Ernst.
American Aviation Corporation.
Bulova Watch Company.
United Drug Company.
Sell, George C., interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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