Science: Radar Revolution

"An outstanding breakthrough!" exulted Dr. John R. Dunning, dean of the Columbia School of Engineering. "Probably the greatest single advance in radar since the start of World War II and the early British work." Dr. Dunning had good reason to be excited. Last week Columbia scientists and the Air Force's Air Research and Development Command jointly called in the press to announce a fundamentally new technique of multiplying the effectiveness of radar by "many hundreds of times" through a radical system of signal identification.

Columbia's innovation focuses on the basic problem of all radar: how to amplify the returning echo of...

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