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This collection contains images pertaining to Jacob Rabinow, a prominent researcher at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS). He came to the NBS in 1938 as a junior mechanical engineer.  Before he left government service in 1954 to form his own engineering company, Rabinow rose to the position of Chief of the Electro-Mechanical Ordnance Division.  In this capacity, Rabinow played critical roles in such important NBS World War II achievements as the development of the proximity fuze and the BAT guided missile.  After working for a time at Control Data Corporation, which purchased his company in 1964, Rabinow returned to NBS in 1972 as Chief Research Engineer of the National Engineering Laboratory.  Retiring in 1975, he returned once more as a rehired annuitant to serve as Chief Consultant for the Office of Energy-Related Inventions.  In 1998, he became a guest researcher in the Office of Information Services. Rabinow passed away in 1999. In 2005 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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