Retrospective: The $100 idea: How Russell and Sigurd Varian, with the help of William Hansen and a $100 appropriation, invented the klystron

  title={Retrospective: The \$100 idea: How Russell and Sigurd Varian, with the help of William Hansen and a \$100 appropriation, invented the klystron},
  author={Edward L. Ginzton},
  journal={IEEE Spectrum},
  • E. Ginzton
  • Published 1 February 1975
  • History
  • IEEE Spectrum
I first met Russell Varian in 1939 on a stairway landing in the Stanford University Physics Building. I had just been hired as a part-time research associate on the new Klystron Project at a then munificent $90 per month, and was going upstairs to meet the Varians and their small staff. I had heard of the invention of this new electron tube that could generate centimeter waves, but I did not know how it worked, and indeed I had never even seen one. Thus, when I stopped and introduced myself to… 
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