Volume 13, No. 2
April 2001

Mercurial Matters

Letters to the Editor

SHOT in Silicon Valley

Breakfast in California

Changing of the Guard

The World Wide Web and the Transformation of Internet Domain Names

News of Members

Computer Museum Reminder

IEEE 2001 Conference on History of Telecommunications

Tesla and Edison

Book Review:
The Sociology of Invention: A review of Silicon Sky

News of the Field:
Marconi Collection

Lincoln Lab's 50-Year Review

Media Ecology Conference

Scientific and Technical Information Systems Historical Meeting

Telecomm Museum and Website, SHOT website

Superman and the Case of the Disappearing Public Telephone

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News of the Field

Lincoln Lab’s 50-Year Review

“Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory has pioneered advanced electronics since its beginning in February 1951 as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. Its fundamental mission has remained little changed since its inception: the application of science and advanced technologies to critical problems of national security. Early Lincoln Laboratory research focused on the design and prototype development of the Dew Line and BMEWS networks of ground-based radars and aircraft control centers for continental air defense.”

The above paragraph began a brief article in our last issue highlighting some of Lincoln Lab’s many achievements. Since then, a remarkable tome has appeared, the Lincoln Laboratory Journal, volume 12, number 2, 2000.

The Mercurians proudly claim one of the two guest editors as one of our own, William W. Ward, who worked with William P. Delaney. Dr. Ward has graced our pages on occasion, but we are not being overly modest to say that Antenna will never look like this Journal, complete with 444 glossy pages replete with photographs, graphs, and diagrams, many in color. This “recollection” and “celebration” of the work at the Laboratory includes an overview article by Ward and Delaney, plus articles on major radar developments. If radar is your interest, or if the workings and products of a major scientific and technology research facility interest you, you will do well to track down a copy of this treasure.