A Tribute to Professor George Yevitch
There was, in the early '70's, an amazingly inventive and enthusiastic professor, George Yevitch, who demonstrated one of his inventions to our class: a hand-held device, about the size of an 8 x 11 note pad, that could be used to read books. It consisted of tiny lenses, arranged on a flat grid, one lens for each letter position. The lenses would magnify letters on a back-lit single sheet of microfilm, and to turn a page you pressed a button to shift the microfilm into a new position. I'll always remember this demonstration, in part because it anticipated hand-held readers of today by 30 years (like my Kindle!), but also because of the boundless enthusiasm of its inventor.
To me, George Yevitch embodied the spirit of invention that I'll always associate with Stevens and its founder! May that spirit live on for another 150 years!
- Karl Vischer '74