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February 16, 1946

Willis Rodney Whitney: Pioneer of Industrial Research

JAMA. 1946;130(7):463-464. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870070083032

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Abstract

Those who are interested in research will enjoy this biography. Others who are interested in people and their lives will also enjoy the book, as it reveals the life of a man responsible for many advances in the electrical field. It is well written, interesting and provocative; no one with a curious mind can read such a book without wondering about research, past accomplishments, future possibilities and the supply of such men as Willis R. Whitney, who, as director of the Research Laboratory of the General Electric Company, tore apart veil after veil of secrecy in electricity and came forth with scientific facts for the betterment of mankind. One can now better understand why Floyd Gibbons had so much reason to call this laboratory the House of Magic; the man primarily responsible for the activities in the laboratory had an innate and unsatisfiable curiosity and was never happy unless he

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