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Rabinow , Jacob
Optical Character Reading
Jacob Rabinow patented over 200 inventions, including his optical char . . . .
Reber , Grote
Renault , Louis
Reno , Jesse Wilford
Richardson , Ken
Rillieux , Norbert
Automated Sugar Refining
Norbert Rillieux revolutionized the sugar industry by inventing a refi . . . .
Rines , Robert H.
High Resolution Radar and Sonar
Robert H. Rines' contributions to the technology of high-resolution image-scanning radar and sonar began in the era of the . . . .
Ritty , James J.
Mechanical Cash Register
Brothers James and John Ritty invented a working version of a mechanic . . . .
Ritty , John
Mechanical Cash Register
Brothers James and John Ritty a working version of a mechanical cash r . . . .
Roebling , John
In 1841, John Roebling invented a wire rope in order to improve upon t . . . .
Rogers , John Raphael
Matrix for Linotype-Machine
Rohrer , Heinrich
Scanning Tunneling Microscope
Since the invention of the first microscope, scientists have searched for improved ways to explore the microscopic world. Optical systems were limited by the wavelength of light (roughly 2,000 times the diameter of an atom). Later, electron microscopes achieved much higher resolution by taking advantage of the much shorter wavelength of electrons in forming images. The most recent revolution came with Heinrich Rohrer and Gerd Karl Binnig's scanning tunneling microscope (STM), invented in 1981, which provided the first images of individual atoms on the surfaces of materials. The STM can image atomic details as tiny as 1/25th the diameter of a typical atom, which corresponds to a resolution several orders of magnitude better than the best electron microscope.
The STM's significance was quickly recognized throughout the world, and it has been used in fields as diverse as semiconductor science, metallurgy, electrochemistry, and molecular biology.
Only five years after Binnig and Rohrer built the first STM, they were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. Binnig and Rohrer began their STM work at the . . . .
Romankiw , Lubomyr
Integrated Magnetoresistive Read, Inductive Write, Batch Fabricated Magnetic Head
IBM researchers David Thompson and Lubomyr Romankiw invented magnetic . . . .
Rosen , Harold
Spin Stabilized Synchronous Communications Satellite
In 1957, the United States was facing a problem. The Russians had succ . . . .
Rosinski , Edward J.
Charles J. Plank and Edward J. Rosinski invented the first zeolite cat . . . .
Rubin , Benjamin A.
Pronged Vaccinating Needle
Microbiologist Benjamin A. Rubin ground the eyelet of a sewing machine . . . .