MIT professor Harold Edgerton (a pioneer of high-speed photography) partnered with his graduate student Kenneth Germeshausen to found a small technical consulting firm. The two were joined by fellow MIT graduate student Herbert Grier in 1934. Bernard “Barney” O’Keefe became the fourth member of their fledgling technology group.
The group’s high-speed photography was used to image implosion tests during the Manhattan Project. The same skills in precisely timed high-power electrical pulses also formed a key enabling technology for nuclear weapon triggers. After the war, the group continued their association with the burgeoning military nuclear effort and formally incorporated Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier, Inc. in 1947.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden where he studied mechanical and electrical engineering, Stig W. Jorgensen came to the United States to find work in production engineering. Stig worked for MIT Professor Edgerton, the inventor of flash strobe photography.
FSW Inc. was founded on July 31, 1970 by Fred Gronberg, Stig Jorgensen and Wayne Kearsley.
Stig met Wayne at Sanders Associates where they both were working, while Fred was employed at EG&G. The company would later be named Flash Technology Corporation of America, as they focused on using the strobe technology learned from Dr. Edgerton.
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