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Pushing the Horizon; Seventy-five Years of High Stakes Science and Technology at the Naval Research Laboratory

Amato, Ivan

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ISBN 10: 0160495792 / ISBN 13: 9780160495793
Published by U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1998
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vii, [1], 409, [1] pages. Illustrations. References and Notes. Bibliography. Acronym Glossary. Appendix. Index. Pushing the Horizon: 75 years of High Stakes Science and Technology at the Naval Research Laboratory, explores the origin, development and accomplishments of NRL over its first 75 years. Science writer, Ivan Amato, analyzes the personalities, institutional culture, and influences of what has become one of the preeminent research laboratories within the United States. Tracing the Laboratory from its small and often inauspicious origins of today's large, multidisciplinary research center, Amato sets in context many of the important research events and fronts of modern military science and technology. The United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the corporate research laboratory for the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps and conducts a wide range of basic scientific research, applied research, technological development and prototyping. A few of the laboratory's current specialties include plasma physics, space physics, materials science, and tactical electronic warfare. NRL is one of the first US Government scientific R&D laboratories, having opened in 1923 at the instigation of Thomas Edison, and is currently under the Office of Naval Research. NRL's research expenditures are approximately $1.1 billion per year. The Naval Research Laboratory came into existence from an idea that originated from Thomas Edison. In a May 1915 editorial piece in the New York Times Magazine, Edison wrote; "The Government should maintain a great research laboratory. In this could be developed.all the technique of military and naval progression without any vast expense." This statement addressed concerns about World War I in the United States.Edison then agreed to serve as the head of the Naval Consulting Board that consisted of civilians who had achieved expertise. The focus of the Naval Consulting Board was as advisor to the U.S. Navy pertaining to science and technology. The board brought forward a plan to create a modern facility for the Navy. In 1916 Congress allocated $1.5 million for implementation. However, construction was delayed until 1920 because of the war and internal disagreements within the board.The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the first modern research institution created within the United States Navy, began operations at 1100 on 2 July 1923. The Laboratory's two original divisions - Radio and Sound - performed research in the fields of high-frequency radio and underwater sound propagation. They produced communications equipment, direction-finding devices, sonar sets, and perhaps most significant of all, the first practical radar equipment built in the United States. They performed basic research, participating, for example, in the discovery and early exploration of the ionosphere. Moreover, the NRL was able to work gradually toward its goal of becoming a broadly based research facility. By the beginning of World War II, five new divisions had been added: Physical Optics, Chemistry, Metallurgy, Mechanics and Electricity, and Internal Communications.In 1992, the previously separate Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NOARL), with centers in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and Monterey, California, was merged into NRL. Since then, NRL is also the lead Navy center for research in Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences, with special strengths in physical oceanography, marine geosciences, ocean acoustics, marine meteorology, and remote oceanic and atmospheric sensing. Bookseller Inventory # 72655

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Title: Pushing the Horizon; Seventy-five Years of ...

Publisher: U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

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