Moments at Mid Century: a memoir: *MIT students and their communist professor *Sputnik stuns the White House *The Genius at Polaroid

Moments at Mid Century: a memoir: *MIT students and their communist professor *Sputnik stuns the White House *The Genius at Polaroid

by Robert M. Briber


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A rich collection of mid 20th Century memories, this book chronicles the author's career path through newsworthy events of the 1950s and 1960s. It starts with a story of student life and self-government at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The author, Student Body President, faces challenges from student activists organizing to support a communist professor during the McCarthy era.
After three years working at MIT, the author's career takes him to the White House as an assistant to MIT President J. R. Killian, appointed Science Advisor to President Eisenhower as the President reacts to a frightening cold-war event: the Russian satellite Sputnik is seen sailing ominously over American backyards.
These "moments" end with four years at Polaroid Corporation when the author takes a new role as administrator of the Company's "innovative laboratories." He describes the methods of the Company's popular entrepreneurial genius, Dr. Edwin H. Land, simultaneously Board Chairman, President and Director of Research, as he leads the Company toward the forefront of the mid-century industrial world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491079904
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2014
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author


Bob Briber has led a life and career of diverse experiences. He has worked in the academic world, in industry and government, and volunteered in civic, arts and religious organizations. These activities brought him in contact with some noteworthy people and events of mid 20th Century America, from McCarthyism and Sputnik to instant photography, to the discipline of errant physicians.
Born in 1930 and raised in Denver, Colorado, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for his college education and career and, except for brief Army duty, remained East all his life. Currently retired, he lives in Schenectady, New York, with Sylvie, his wife of 32 years, in a love-filled 1820s home complete with Shetland Sheep Dog and Maine Coon Cat.

November 2014

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