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James Hillier

"We were bombarded — this is the best way to put it — by requests from all the medical people and all the colloidal physics people — everybody that had things too small to be seen in a light microscope. We quickly realized that two graduate students working in a makeshift lab with a makeshift instrument couldn't satisfy the needs for this tool. "

After making the high resolution pictures taken from the electron microscope developed by James Hillier and Albert Prebus as graduate students at the University of Toronto 1939, public Hillier realized the potential for commercial development.

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Oral-History: James Hillier

Hillier dicusses the developement of the the first tranmission electron microscope during his graduate studies at the University of Toronto with Albert Privas. Hillier worked for RCA from 1940 to 1977. He developed the the first commercial scanning electron microscope and went on to become Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist.

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