Monday, May 30, 2011

Inventor of the crystal set worked on global warming... prior to 1902

While researching the Beverage antenna which was tested in part at Otter Cliffs Naval Station, I came across an interesting article in Popular Science from 1922 about the inventor of the crystal detector, George W. Pickard. It turns out that OM Pickard was at the Blue Hills Observatory in Milton Hills, MA working on the apparently age-old problem of global climate change when he heeded the call of the Smithsonian Institution to experiment with kites to determine the dependence of radio propagation on the height of the transmitting aerial.

Incidentally, at the time, it was thought that gathering a sufficient amount of data to prove or disprove the hypothesis of global climate change would take the work of 'countless generations'. In the same issue, there are articles about the 'dwindling supply of gasoline' and charging batteries using windmills.

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