Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

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Part 158:

Shortly after my arrival a proposal for an intense neutron generator (ING) was turned down by our chief stockholder, the Government of Canada. The proposal was Dr. Lewis’s baby. At that time there was a considerable interest in the project in our branch (Neutron and Solid State Physics) headed by G.A. Burrell. Dr. Burrell had worked night and day on the project and when it was shelved he was rewarded for his loyalty by being promoted to Director of Physics Research by Dr. Lewis. In this position Gil Burrell had reached his level of incompetence. His secretary told me that whenever Gil saw Doug Milton, the flamboyant head of nuclear physics branch coming with a proposal, he became visibly nervous.

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4 thoughts on “Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

  1. You can say what you want, but i do not like this “stockholder scenario” with the state as one of more stockholders, and in cause far away from full responsibility. Hope you had a nice weekend, and wish you a beautiful week, Leslie! Sorry for the delay. Michael

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    • The problem is Michael, without the government funding this research would not have been done. Hopefully, having the government financing would mean that the research would be unbiased. When you have big business funding research there is always a bias.
      Leslie ❤

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