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Persistence pays off: Sir Charles Oatley and the scanning electron microscope

Everhart, T. E. (1996) Persistence pays off: Sir Charles Oatley and the scanning electron microscope. Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, 14 (6). pp. 3620-3624. ISSN 1071-1023. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:EVEjvstb96

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Abstract

Shortly after World War II, Sir Charles Oatley initiated research at the Cambridge University engineering laboratories on what has evolved into the modern scanning electron microscope. While much of the research was actually conducted by research students under Oatley's supervision, he continually provided ideas, resources, and encouragement. He then was instrumental in having this instrument commercialized. His students often continued in the field for some time, making contributions both to the instrument and to its applications that led to improved performance and wider acceptance. This article attempts to capture some of the accomplishments of Sir Charles Oatley as seen by those who worked closely with him. The author believes that Sir Charles deserves the title: "Father of the Modern Scanning Electron Microscope."


Item Type:Article
Additional Information:©1996 American Vacuum Society (Received 29 May 1996; accepted 9 August 1996)
Subject Keywords:ELECTRON MICROSCOPES; BIOGRAPHIES; HISTORICAL ASPECTS
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:EVEjvstb96
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:EVEjvstb96
Alternative URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1116/1.588737
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