The Cryotron Files: The Untold Story of Dudley Buck, Cold War Computer Scientist and Microchip Pioneer

The Cryotron Files: The Untold Story of Dudley Buck, Cold War Computer Scientist and Microchip Pioneer

The Cryotron Files: The Untold Story of Dudley Buck, Cold War Computer Scientist and Microchip Pioneer

The Cryotron Files: The Untold Story of Dudley Buck, Cold War Computer Scientist and Microchip Pioneer

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Overview

The “fascinating [and] informative” biography of a pioneering American computer scientist and his mysterious death during the Cold War (The Scotsman, UK).

MIT professor Dudley Allen Buck was a brilliant young scientist on the cusp of fame and fortune when he died of mysterious causes in 1959. His latest invention, the Cryotron, was an early form of microchip that would have greatly advance ballistic missile technology. Shortly before Dudley's death, he was visited by a group of Soviet computer experts. On the day that he died from a sudden bout of pneumonia, a close colleague of his was also found dead from similar causes. Some wonder if their deaths were linked.

Dudley’s son Douglas was never satisfied with the explanation of his father's death. He's spent more than twenty years investigating it, acquiring his father's lab books, diaries, correspondence, research papers and patent filings. Armed with this research, Douglas Buck and award-winning journalist Iain Dey tell the story of Dudley's life and groundbreaking work.

The Cryotron Files is at once a gripping history of America's Cold War era computer scientists, the dramatic personal story of Dudley Buck, and an eye-opening investigation into his mysterious death.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468315776
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 497,562
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Iain Dey is the Business Editor for The
Sunday Times and was previously the paper’s New York correspondent and deputy business editor. He was named Business Journalist of the Year in 2010 for his coverage of the financial crisis. The Cryotron Files is his first book.

Table of Contents

1 Project Lightning 11

2 Santa Barbara Sound Laboratories 19

3 The V-12 Program 31

4 Seesaw 41

5 Operation Rusty 51

6 Project Whirlwind 59

7 Memory 71

8 Forging Bonds 83

9 Project Nomad 95

10 Two Small Wires 107

11 The Cryotron 113

12 Lab Rats 123

13 The Missile Gap 141

14 Fame 153

15 The Post-Sputnik Effect 167

16 A Reciprocal Arrangement 181

17 The Missile Men 191

18 The Russians have Landed 199

19 A Package 219

20 The Extra Pieces of the Puzzle 231

21 Postscript 259

List of Interviewees 263

Chapter Notes 265

Acknowledgments 273

Index 275

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