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WASHINGTON - The Naval Research Laboratory came into existence from an idea that originated from inventor Thomas Edison. In a May 1915 editorial piece in the New York Times Magazine, Edison wrote; "The Government should maintain a great research laboratory ... In this could be developed ... all the technique of military and naval progression without any vast expense. The 1923 opening of the first Naval Research Laboratory hallmarked the beginning of a permanent commitment to research and development. This would begin a new era of government-funded research, which would lead to various inventions that are still in use today, such as radar, jet engines, GPS, nuclear weapons, and the Internet. Photo Courtesy Library of Congress, c. 1922.


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