On Radars And Microwave Ovens…

For those of you that have an interest in the history of marine electronics, here is a funny quote in an article on innovation and offshoring that I would like to share with you. It tells the story of how the microwave oven was invented as a result of research into radar technology.
“It happened one day in 1946, the story goes, when Percy Spencer noticed that a candy bar had melted in his pocket while he was testing a new magnetron vacuum tube for Raytheon, as part of its radar research that began during World War II. Intrigued, he placed some popcorn kernels near the tube, and an egg, the next morning–and discovered that the intense heat had similar effects.”

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