Electronics: Plating with Permanence

Now that his new metal-plating system is all polished up and promises to revolutionize many industrial processes, Physicist Donald M. Mattox of Albuquerque's Sandia Corp. is faced with a persistent question. "People keep asking me why no one thought of it before," he says, and he has quit trying to find an answer. His best guess is that prac tical metallurgists knew too little theory to tackle the problem, while basic research scientists, who know enough theory, were unconcerned with such practical work.

Hard-Hitting Ions. Mattox supplied just the right combination of theory and practicality to handle a problem that has...

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