If your piano needs tuning, just take Bernard Oliver home with you; right
after cocktails he'll have it apart, take the slack out of its wires, and
put it back together before dinner time. Still a Californian at heart,
he refuses to own an overcoat, and puts up the top of his car only when
his passengers coerce him. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Caltech, and yet
is known as "Barney" by his associates in the erstwhile Television
Research group. They say he is an exceptionally quick thinker and a wizard
with vacuum tube circuits but never impatient when someone asks for help on
a difficult problem.
Mr. Oliver's first important project was a sweep circuit for cathode ray
receiving tubes. The motion of the point of light must be absolutely linear
with respect to time in both directions of the sweep. Acting entirely on
his own initiative he investigated the various physical conditions
necessary tp secure that result and developed magnet coils, amplifiers,
and distortion correcting networks which operated successfully. Within
the last year or so Mr. Oliver has been engaged on government work.
To complete the picture, Barney is single, lives in the Village, has
one degree from Stanford and two from Caltech; attended the Technische
Hochschule in Darmstadt for a year; is interested in music and the drama
when time permits.