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Robinson, Denis Morrell, 1907-
Oral history interview with Denis Morrell Robinson, 1978 May 23.
Role in helping to found and run the High Voltage Engineering Co., Burlington, MA. Boyhood in England, and early influences that may have been responsible for his success as manager; education at Kings College and MIT; pre-World War II engineering work; wartime radar work and role as British liaison to the MIT Radiation Laboratory; postwar years as professor at the University of Birmingham; decision to come to the U.S., where he joined John Trump and Robert J. Van de Graaff in starting the High Voltage Engineering Co. Reflections on problems as president of a struggling young science company, the characters of Trump and Van de Graaff, and how the three of them worked together, and how he kept the company together during a crisis over which direction it should take in developing accelerators. He relates how the company was hurt by cutbacks in university research funds, and why, in 1970, he relinquished the presidency to become chairman of the board. He speculates on why he is one of the few technical men to have started a company in the booming postwar period who remains at the helm 30 years later. Also prominently mentioned are: John Bush, Karl Taylor Compton, Davis Dewey, Gordon Kingsley, Pascal Levesque, John Trump; American Research and Development Co., Anderson Power Products, Electronized Chemicals Co., Ford Motor Co., General Electric Co., Great Britain Telecommunications Research Establishment, King's College (University of London), Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Research Corporation, Scophony Television Laboratory (England), and University of Birmingham.
Bush, John
Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954.
Dewey, Davis
Kingsley, Gordon
Levesque, Pascal
Robinson, Denis Morrell, 1907-
Trump, John George,
Van de Graaf, Robert Jemison, 1901-1967
American Research and Development Co.
Anderson Power Products
Electronized Chemicals Co.
Ford Motor Company.
General Electric Company.
Great Britain. Telecommunications Research Establishment.
High Voltage Engineering Corporation.
King's College (University of Cambridge).
King's College (University of London).
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Radiation Laboratory
Research Corporation.
Scophony Television Laboratory (Great Britain)
University of Birmingham.
High voltages.
Nuclear energy -- Research -- Laboratories.
Particle accelerators.
Physics -- Industrial applications.
Science and industry
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
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Wolff, Michael Field, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA