Title and Description Page
Childhood and Early Education 1
Growing up in Snyder, New York. Parents. Siblings. Extracurricular activities. Early interest in science and military service. Effect of World War II. Decision to attend the United States Naval Academy.
United States Naval Academy 15
Preparatory school. Curriculum. V-5 and V-12 programs. Hazing. Sports. Decision to join the United States Air Force.
United States Air Force 19
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Air Tactical School. Strategic Air Command at March Air Force Base. Applying to graduate school for electrical engineering (EE).
University of Illinois at Urbana 22
EE curriculum. Meeting and marriage to Bette E. Finnigan. ILLIAC I. General Swofford's Special Ph.D. Program. AFIT. Ph.D. thesis on non-linear servomechanism theory. Teaching antenna theory at AFIT.
Career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories (LLNL) 29
Herbert York. Ramjet nuclear engine. TORY II-A. TORY II-C. P. Michael Uthe Jr. Herbert York and Harold Brown. LLNL work ethic. Coors Porcelain Company. Decision to move to SRI (Stanford Research Institute).
Career at SRI 41
P. Michael Uthe Jr. Quadrupole mass spectrometry. Allan E. Lee. Market research survey. IBM Corporation. Phill Wadsworth. EAI (Electronic Associates Incorporated).
Career at EAI 46
Scientific Instruments Division. Aerojet General Corporation. NERVA Project. Beckman Instruments, Inc. Joseph Lewis. Market research survey. Development of quadrupole for process instruments via SRI funding. Kenneth R. Shoulders. Thomas R. Conklin. Michael S. Story. Richard Greenan. Loren Wright. Ultek System International. Quadrupole's wide acceptance and use. EAI's decision to sell. Hewlett-Packard Company. Syntex Corporation. Roger Sant. P. Michael Uthe Jr., Richard Greenan, and Loren Wright form Uthe Technology Incorporated. Interest in the GC-MS (gas chromatography mass spectrometry) market. EAI's rejection of GC-MS. Resignation.
Career at Finnigan Corporation 69
Decision to create Finnigan with financial assistance from Roger Sant and T. Z. Chu. EAI's disapproval. Reflections on P. Michael Uthe's departure. Fate of EAI. Michael S. Story. William Fies. Jonathan W. Amy. GC-MS development. Walter E. Reynolds. Acquisition of Disc Instruments. Model 1015 GC-MS. Evan C. Horning. Systems Industries. Acquisition of Quantamatrix Corporation. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Model 1015/System 150. EPA Consent Decree Program. Reasoning for taking Finnigan public in 1972. The "culture" of Finnigan. Roger Sant's departure.
Hobbies and interests. Family. American Electronics Association (AEA). Organization Internationale Metrology Legale (OIML). AEA and the environment. Acquisition of MAT GmbH. T. Z. Chu. Thermo Instruments Systems, Inc. George N. Hatsopolous. Thermo Electron Corporation. Arvin Smith. Gratification from serving on the boards of various small companies. Thermo Instrument Systems' acquisition of Finnigan Corporation. Ian Jardine. The Finnigan Corporation of today.