By Marc J. de Vries, Marc J. Vries
Considering that international warfare I, the Natuurkundig Laboratorium has been an important heart of commercial study for Philips, one of many world’s biggest electronics businesses. during this examine, Marc J. de Vries demonstrates how the historical past of the laboratory might help us comprehend vital alterations within the construction and makes use of of know-how within the 20th century. Breaking their research into 3 sessions, each one characterised by means of diverse study pursuits and techniques, the authors increase this common heritage with particular case experiences. the end result may be of worth to someone learning the historical past and philosophy of know-how.
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Additional info for 80 Years of Research at the Philips Natuurkundig Laboratorium (1914-1994): The Role of the Nat. Lab. at Philips
Had to be merged into one central workshop. J. (Frits, the only son of Anton) Philips had made responsible for this operation, later intimated marc j. de vries 53 outbreak war salary decrease Scientist, including, physical eng. from Delft Engineers, except physical eng. Technical assistents Total monthy paid personnel 250 Number 150 total mobilisation extension lab. 200 economic crisis move to strijp 100 50 0 1915 1920 1925 1930 1935 1945 1940 Year Figure 9. Lab. staff in the 1920-1946 period (from Garratt 1976 Vol.
A breakdown of the total growth pattern into scientists and assistants shows that it was the number of assistants which was chiefly responsible for the changes in this growth pattern. Over the years the number of scientists did not change much. Lab. Lab. Lab. was given a fair share in the growth of the company. 4 The Culture and Structures for the Diversifying Research Programme Within the ever-growing laboratory, various tensions became evident that are to be expected in any organisation of professionals.
A breakthrough came when in 1968 the United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union defined an international standard. Lab. had already long abandoned the idea. Once Philips had become involved in transmitting audible information by means of wave signals, it was technically a logical step to move into television and to transmit audible and visual information. But commercially it was not such a logical step. In the late 1920s the company’s directorate debated whether or not Philips should become involved in television.