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National Medal Winner - John R. Whinnery

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PHOTO: Pentium III Processor Whinnery, John R., National Medal of Science, 1992
The digital computer and laser powered fiber optic communication
PHOTO: Laser Powered Fiber Optics "I imagine that the majority of responses has named the digital computer as the artifact that represents the country at the end of the 20th century. Its networks have had and will continue to have a profound influence on all aspects of our society, so I could not disagree with that choice. But if a second development were to be named, I would choose the laser. PHOTO: 128 Mb SDRAM This was a brilliant invention and has had application to telecommunications, medicine, defense, entertainment, precision measurement and fundamental study of materials."

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