Later on, Harold studies
and works at the MIT Radiation Laboratory with the nations
best engineers of the World War 2 era. He works on dynamotors
and servo systems for the B-29 bomber.
He helps design the automatic
turret system which becomes a significant leap forward in aviation defense
and mechanical computer technologies.
Harold Chestnut contributes
to various technologies from the jet engine to rocket guidance.
He took Systems Engineering to new prominence with the
books he authored, and became an icon for General Electric on
the international control technology scene. Hear interviews with
Austin Spang, Kishan Baheti, Richard Sills and other engineers
of the time along with never-before-seen film and photos.
Two (on the same DVD):
Of all the things exchanged
during the Cold War: Coca Cola, Rock and Roll, and Fashion, most
believed that the last thing would be scientific information.
However behind the thin surface of political rhetoric, there was
a peaceful, cross-cultural connection first led by Harold Chestnut.
This is an unbelievable story of cooperation during the height
of the Cold War.
Even in 1960, London still bears rubble of World War 2, meanwhile
engineers and scientists on both sides of the Iron Curtain felt
compelled to work together to rebuild our world. These efforts
led to the formation of IFAC - the International Federation
of Automatic Control. See interviews with the world's most
prominent control engineers on the history of IFAC.
Harold became involved in the formation
of the IEEE-the world's largest engineering organization. He
continued involvement over the decades, becoming president in 1973.
Later in life Harold Chestnut focused on using his engineering skills
to help promote peace in the world. His efforts in eco-technology won
him the prestigious Honda Prize. Harold and his wife Erma Ruth volunteered
to help local community, setting up a new city library and the Schenectady
Community College. Whether in Moscow chatting with Leonid Tsypkin, or
at work on the Apollo program, Harold Chestnut had an unforgettable
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