A readout from a reflection seismograph, which provided more details about substructures than previous equipment. John Karcher, one of TI's two founders, pioneered reflective seismology in the 1920s.
While Texas Instruments is named after the Lone Star State, its roots belong in New York City. Karcher worked at New York-based Amerada Petroleum before founding GSI, while fellow co-founder Eugene McDermott taught at Columbia University. The articles of incorporation were first filed in New Jersey in May 1930.
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