He and his colleagues came up with a sampling technique, known as sequential sampling, which became, in the words of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, "the standard analysis of quality control inspection." The dictionary adds: "Like many of Friedman's contributions, in retrospect it seems remarkably simple and obvious to apply basic economic ideas to quality control; that however is a measure of his genius." He was also a key member of the team that developed a new proximity fuse
for anti-aircraft projectiles, preventing bombs from going off unless they are near the object they are meant to destroy.
Alexander Feklisov, their Soviet contact, would collect about 500 secret technical documents a month from Sarant and Barr between 1943 and 1945, and lots more from Rosenberg, including one famous delivery of a proximity fuse
. Despite such a hemorrhage of material, Usdin is mistaken in asserting that "the U.S.
The Swedish defence and aerospace group Saab said on Friday (15 August) that its subsidiary Saab Bofors Dynamics had received a contract to develop and manufacture the proximity fuse
for the European air-to-air missile project Meteor.
During the war, he developed experimental military vehicles, and manufactured the proximity fuse
, one of America's secret weapons.
The missile is armed with a 200 pound high-explosive warhead detonated by a proximity fuse
which causes shrapnel to shred the intended target.
As he points out, a narrow difference in timing in the appearance of radar and the proximity fuse
might have doomed the aircraft carrier to irrelevance; it was not until well into World War II that a carrier could muster sufficient striking power to hold a combat-ready battleship at risk.
Oh, and one of Crosley's companies was also responsible for work on the top-secret proximity fuse
in World War II, considered one of three projects pivotal to the Allied victory, right after the A-bomb and radar.
My first assignment was to redesign a proximity fuse
for anti-personnel shells because the original manufacturer couldn't get it to work.
One proposal suggests that a guided missile with a nuclear warhead and proximity fuse
could be dispatched to destroy the approaching celestial body or deflect it into a path no longer threatening the earth.