Category Archives: Technology

Connecting with the Cosmos. On April 1 and 2, NASA hosted an event to celebrate 50 years of its Deep Space Network (DSN). I was lucky to be part of a pool of 50 drawn from all over the USA to participate in this event. On Day 1 we were given a tour of the […]

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Apple’s forgotten co-founder. It is well known that Apple Computer was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Not as well known is that there was a third co-founder – Ronald Wayne. With Jobs and Wozniak wet behind the ears at the time, Ron was the adult in the room. He conceived the […]

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Engineer, Applied Mathematician, Entrepreneur, and Teacher extraordinaire. [Update: November 20, 2014 – Professor Kailath was honoured with the National Medal of Science for 2014 by President Obama at a White House ceremony this morning.] Professor Thomas Kailath, doyen of Communication Engineering and Information Theory, is currently the Hitachi America Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Stanford […]

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Inventor of the microprocessor. In 1971, Intel Corporation introduced the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004, a technological feat that (understatement alert) changed the world. What the fractional horsepower motor did to the Industrial Revolution, the microprocessor did to the ongoing digital revolution. The original architecture of the microprocessor was conceived by Marcian “Ted” Hoff, […]

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A pioneer in Fibre Optics. In the early 1950s, a young Indian from Punjab, Narinder Singh Kapany, then a graduate student in the Physics Department at Imperial College in London, developed a bundle of fibres suitable for low-loss optical transmission. This key advance lead to a flowering of an entire new field of technology known […]

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