Varian, Sigurd Fergus, 1901-1961

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Russsell and Sigurd Varian were co-inventors, with William W. Hansen, of the klystron and rhumbatron and co-founders of Varian Associates. Educated at Stanford University, physicist and inventor Russell Varian began his career with Philo Farnsworth on early television technology and with Humble Oil on instrumentation for oil exploration. In 1935, he returned to Stanford. Joined by his brother, Sigurd, a pilot with Pan American Airlines, he began work on microwave technology as a research assistant with Professor William Hansen. The klystron patent brought both financial gain to the University and the attention of federal research agencies, while leading to the formation of Varian Associates, one of California's first Silicon Valley companies.

From the guide to the Russell and Sigurd Varian papers, 1836-1988, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

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referencedIn Russell and Sigurd Varian papers, 1892-1988. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Russell and Sigurd Varian papers, 1836-1988 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Hansen, W. W. (William Webster), 1909-1949. William Webster Hansen papers, 1928-1974. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Varian Associates. 10th anniversary celebration of founding : cassette audio tape, 1958 Nov. 2. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Varian, Inc., records, 1950-2003 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Ginzton, Edward. Edward Ginzton papers, circa 1937-1992. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Varian Associates. Photographs from the Varian Associates records [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Varian Data Machines. Records, 1972-1981. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn Edward Ginzton papers, circa 1937-1992 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976. Oral history interview with David Locke Webster, 1964 May 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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associatedWith Varian, Russell Harrison, 1898-1959 person
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