from the NYT:
Norman Krim, an electronics visionary who played a pivotal role in the industry's transition from the bulky electron vacuum tube, which once lined the innards of radios and televisions, to the tiny, far more powerful transistor, died on Dec. 14. He had a long career with the Raytheon Company and saw the device's potential. He persuaded his company to begin manufacturing it on a mass scale, particularly for use in miniaturized hearing aids that he had designed.
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