Meredith Gourdine was a pioneer in the field of electro-gas dynamics, he invented a technique to disperse smoke from building and disperse fog from airport runways. Gourdine was granted a over 30 U.S. patents in his lifetime, Via CPNAS
Gourdine was born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His father, a laborer, advised him to stay in school so he would have better opportunities in life. After graduation from Booklyn Tech High School, Gourdine turned down an athletic scholarship (for swimming) from the University of Michigan and chose to attend Cornell University. At Cornell, he earned the nickname “Flash” as an intercollegiate track champion, competing in sprints, low hurdles, and long jumps. He received a B.S. in engineering from Cornell in 1952, the same year he won his Olympic medal.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and then did graduate work in engineering at the California Institute of Technology, supported by a Guggenheim fellowship. He worked as a senior research scientist at the Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory for two years and was awarded his doctorate in 1960.
In 1964, after working in private industry, Gourdine founded his own research and development firm, Gourdine Systems, in Livingston, NJ. In 1973, he founded another company, Energy Innovations, in Houston, TX. Energy Innovations produced direct-energy conversion devices from his patented designs. The devices converted low-grade coal to high-voltage electrical energy.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.