Shown here is Parkin's research microscope. A lot of what you are looking at are thevacuum tubes. Parkin is one of the reigning celebrities in thin filmmagnetic research. His work on thin magnetic film structures allowed IBM,among others, to exploit the giant magnetoresistive effect to significantlyboost the density of hard drives.
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