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The making of American industrial research : science and business at GE and Bell, 1876-1926

Author: Leonard S Reich
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Series: Studies in economic history and policy.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book tells the story of how and why industrial research was established in America by two large and innovative corporations: General Electric, formed in a merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston in 1892, and the dominant force in the American electrical industry ever since; and American Telephone and Telegraph, the commercial outgrowth of Alexander Graham Bell's invention of the telephone.  Read more...
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Named Person: Alexander Graham Bell
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard S Reich
ISBN: 0521305292 9780521305297
OCLC Number: 11916178
Description: xvi, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations; Editors' preface; Preface; 1. Introduction: the importance of industrial research; 2. Building the foundations of industrial research: American science, technology, and industry in the 19th century; 3. The establishment and early growth of General Electric; 4. Origins and early history of the General Electric Research Laboratory; 5. General Electric: the research process; 6. The establishment and early growth of Bell Telephone; 7. AT&T: the establishment of industrial research; 8. AT&T: the research process; 9. Research, patents, and the struggle to control radio; 10. Conclusion: the impact of industrial research; Notes; Index.
Series Title: Studies in economic history and policy.
Responsibility: Leonard S. Reich.
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