“The General Radio Story” tells the remarkable tale of one of the true pioneers of electronics. Founded in 1915, “GR” gave the young electronics industry (then called “radio”) the essential tools of the trade – wavemeters, signal generators, voltmeters, frequency standards, etc. – and was no less innovative in its employment policies, navigating the Great Depression without laying off a single employee and even making its workers whole when a local bank failed. As measuring instruments morphed into “ATE” (automatic test equipment), General Radio reinvented itself as GenRad and was the first to offer automatic circuit-board test systems. GR’s 86-year run ended in 2001, when the Company was acquired by Teradyne, Inc.
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Sep 27, 2007
""The General Radio Story" by Frederick T. Van Veen" "As a former president of General Radio for fifteen years, I can say that this book is an objective and honest account, the life story of an exemplary industrial company with values established by its founders that, if more widely emulated, would make the world a better place. The author's work experience, writing ability, and trusted access to many retired GR employees and Board members, made him by far the best qualified person to undertake such a project." (Review by William R. Thurston, GR President 1973 - 1987)
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