Talk:Arno Allan Penzias

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I added some stuff (Penzias' biography, more about the antenna and the candidate sources of interference, the thing about who shot the pigeons) based on the docu-drama film Hawking. -- John Fader (talk | contribs) 20:41, 15 May 2005 (UTC)

In addition to his scientific achievements, Arno was a very successful executive at Bell Labs, finally retiring (I believe) as Vice-President of Research at (Lucent's) Bell Laboratories. For the Lucent spin-off, I think he had the responsibility of splitting Bell Labs Research staff between the ones to be kept on the Lucent pay-roll, and those who would become the founding members of the AT&T Shannon Laboratories. I'm sure that between the Bell Labs and Shannon PR depts someone -- not me -- could put together a good summary of Arno's meta-research career. (I knew Arno from serving with him on a "new research staff" committee appointed by VP-R Bill Baker around 1968. Almost all of us were recent (< 2 yrs) hires, even though some -- including Arno and I -- had work experience in addition to relatively-new doctorates. The "old guy" on the committee -- there to keep us young hot-heads from doing inappropriate things -- was Phil Anderson. Our work-product was a handbook for new research staff titled "Learning the Ropes, or Getting the Hang of Things". The cover art was a hangman's noose.) —Preceding unsigned comment added by WmMBoyce (talkcontribs) 08:04, 3 July 2009 (UTC)