Corporations: Growing with the Mushrooms

The U.S. offer at Geneva to soften its demand for on-site nuclear inspection stations (see THE NATION), is based in part on the careful reckonings of a little-known Boston electronics company. Since its incorporation 15 years ago, Edgerton, Germeshausen & Grier, Inc., has timed or measured every U.S. nuclear blast.

On islands from Eniwetok to Christmas, and in the Atomic Energy Commission's Nevada-based Vela tests to detect far-off nuclear blasts, E.G. & G. has honed its ability to estimate worldwide explosions (by clocking the momentary fluorescence given off). Along the way the company has mushroomed from a fledgling enterprise employing...

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