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Corso's Convoluted Claims

From: Dennis <dstacy@texas.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 21:45:22 -0600 (CST)
Fwd Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 00:51:56 -0500
Subject: Corso's Convoluted Claims

List:

Dang, I thank I've finally got muh OCR scanner workin' agin, no
thanks to Win95!

Those who think we got everything from the aliens and couldn't
think up nuthin' on our own may be interested in the following,
which appeared in, and is copyrighted by, the NY Times for
11-8-97. Maybe Darlington got the secret of longevity from the
aliens, too.

Dennis



Sidney Darlington, a Bell Labs mathematician who pioneered the
design of electronic circuits and whose formulas helped launch
rockets 300 times without error, died on Oct. 31 at his home in
Exeter, N.H. He was 91.

At Bell Labs, in Murray Hill, N.J., where he headed the
mathematics research center, Dr. Darlington was ranked alongside
his colleague Claude Shannon for breakthroughs in communication
networks that foreshadowed the integrated circuit and in turn
computers and modern communications.

Dr. Darlington's discovery of ways to custom-design circuits
using precise mathematical specifications, a specialty now called
network synthesis theory, made him the leading authority in
electronic circuits for decades, said Dr. Ernest Kuh, a former
colleague who is now at the University of California at
Berkeley.

Before Dr. Darlington's work, circuits were designed in an
intuitive, ad hoc manner. His advances won him the highest award
in his field, the Medal of Honor of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronic Engineers.


At a chalkboard at Bell Labs with three or four other rocket
guidance experts, he would scrawl equations that became the basis
for guiding the Air Force Titan 1, the Thor-Delta and dozens of
other rockets.

His rocket guidance formulas could instantly plug in the
information from several sources - the trajectory designed to
launch a satellite, the data from radar that tracked the rocket,
and the instruments in the rocket itself - and could then return
a flow of commands to the rocket.

Always a tinkerer, Dr. Darlington in the 1950's spent a weekend
at home playing with a new gadget, the transistor. Trying to get
more gain from an amplifier the size of a kernel of corn, he
found a way to combine two or more transistors in one chip, an
idea that became the Darlington Compound Chip and pointed the way
toward integrated circuits.

He patented the idea and lived to see the Darlington chip become
required study for electrical engineering students everywhere.
One of them, Edgar Gilbert, who became his colleague, said the
chip was a universal component until the era of integrated
circuits.

"He was pretty practical for a mathematician," Mr. Gilbert said.

And being practical about money, Dr. Darlington told Bell Labs'
lawyers to write the patent for his idea to cover any number of
transistors. But they wrote it for only two. Dr. Darlington said
later he believed that if the patent had been unlimited, he and
Bell Labs, a part of Lucent Technologies, would receive a royalty
on every integrated circuit chip.

He also made advances in radar. In 1947, his system pushed ahead
the concept of radar. This approach, using several frequencies to
lower the demands for high peak power, made possible the
antiballistic missile, or ABM, defense systems, in which Dr.
Darlington played a major role, said Dr. Debassis Mitra, the head
of mathematics at Bell Labs.

Dr. Darlington, who was born in Pittsburgh, received bachelor's
degrees from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and a doctorate in physics from Columbia
University.

At Bell Labs, where he worked from 1929 until retiring in 1971,
Dr. Darlington also helped run the company's support of the
Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.



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