David Parkinson and the Potentiometer

David Parkinson was an engineer at Bell Laboratories in the 40s, before the war. His dream helped to change the course of World War II.

David had developed a potentiometer, which worked with telephones. He followed the news of the war in Europe and would dream about it. One night he dreamt that he was alongside the Allied gunners, manning the anti-aircraft guns. He saw that his potentiometer was an integral part of the aa guns.

When he woke up, he realized that the recording accuracy of the potentiometer could easily help the anti aircraft guns train on their targets. When the new M9 gun was used on V-1 missiles, it took out 89 or 91 in a single week in August 1944, protecting England.

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