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And a trustee of Northeastern and Norwich Universities; from the latter he received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree in 1947. He was a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a member of The Newcomen Society and of several social organizations. He was a president of the Radio Manufacturers' Association, now the Electronic Industries Association, and of the Scientific Apparatus Makers Association. 28 V Years of Development and Growth COMPETITION is generally a manufacturer's major marketing problem, but, in the twenties, it was not General Radio's.
Others would have to wait. What the planners overlooked was that no gun could be fired, no airplane fly, without its auxiliary equipment, much of which was electronic, and the makers of electronic equipment could not design, test, or calibrate the performance of those complicated devices without instruments. GR, not being a primary producer, had no way, under the system, to get the relatively small amount of raw materials it had to have, while at the same time the demands for instruments reached almost panic proportions.
In 1916 a fellow "ham," Steams Poor, invited Shaw to a meeting of the Harvard Wireless Club, where Shaw met Bowden Washington, a partner with Fulton Cutting in the then well-known radio transmitter manufacturing firm of Cutting and Washington, of Cambridge. Shaw recalls that he was interested in purchasing a wavemeter for his amateur station and mentioned this to Washington. The latter replied that he thought that he knew where Shaw could get a good one, and so a few days later they went to Cambridge to visit General Radio.