Considering the use to which the transmission of radio waves is put, it is remarkable how few have studied the problem. Engineers are interested in the terminal apparatus—the great transmitting and receiving stations; and physicists seem to be more interested in sending radio waves to themselves in the investigation of the ionosphere than in studying the transmission to others across wide open spaces. Both activities are essential to the creation of communication links, but a study of the application of the results obtained by physicists and engineers is also essential.
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Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society (1960)