THE BUSINESS OF SCIENCE:
Winning And Losing In The High-Tech Age
Hill and Wang; New York; 289 pages; $19.95
Scientists like Simon Ramo are rare think of a utility infielder who batts .300, knocks in 100 RBI’s, and wins a Golden Glove award to boot Trained as a physicist at Cal Tech Ramo proved adept at technological innovation, with 25 patents by the time he was 30. He made major contributions to the development of microwave radar during World War II and helped develop the electron microscope.
Then Ramo proved even more gifted at managing technological development. Within a few years after the war, he built Hughes Aircraft into a major defense contractor. In 1953 he founded his own company, which became TRW (for Thompson Ramo Woolridge), one of the largest technology-based companies in the world.
Meanwhile in the 1950s, Ramo served as chief scientist for the development...