I joined the staff of the Westinghouse Research Laboratories in 1954 and I have been with Westinghouse ever since, except for a recent two‐year stint as the Science Attache at the American Embassy in London. In retrospect, the industrial research environment has happened to suit my particular life goals extremely well. For this Conference, I was asked to comment on the problems, challenges and opportunities confronting a physicist attempting to develop a career in a large industrial company. I believe that what I have to say is fairly generally applicable for high technology corporations in the United States, but of course some of it will be specific to Westinghouse.
My talk consists of essentially three parts, first, some historical background on Westinghouse and its Research Laboratories, second, some facts on the employment of physicists and other technical personnel at the Westinghouse RD Center and in the Company as a whole and third, some personal views on what it takes for a physicist to survive and prosper in the large industrial environment.
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