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In 1952, Sanders and 10 other former Raytheon engineers moved their fledgling defense contracting firm into the top two floors of an abandoned textile mill in Nashua.
The high-tech business replaced looms with circuit boards and effectively ended the industrial revolution in New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). . The pioneering Sanders Associates Sanders Associates was a defense contractor in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA which is now part of BAE Systems Electronics & Integrated Solutions, a subsidiary of BAE Systems. It concentrates on developing and manufacturing electronic systems, notably aircraft self-protection systems, ushered in the still-thriving information age, providing thousands of jobs and countless military advances.
"He saw into the future. He was the Bill Gates (person) Bill Gates - William Henry Gates III, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, which he co-founded in 1975 with Paul Allen. In 1994 Gates is a billionaire, worth $9.35b and Microsoft is worth about $27b. of his time," said Jack Higgins Jack Higgins is the principal pseudonym of UK novelist Harry Patterson (b. 1929). Patterson is the author of more than sixty novels. Most have been thrillers of various types and, since his breakthrough novel The Eagle Has Landed , who administered contracts for the original company and its successors before retiring in 1990.
Sanders died Feb. 5 at the age of 89 after a long illness. Even though the business changed ownership, and names, several times after he left in 1975, many locals will long know the company as "Sanders."
"He created a life for us," said Andy Cloutier, who, before retiring in 1990, maintained equipment that Sanders Associates, now known as BAE Systems BAE Systems
British manufacturer of aircraft, missiles, avionics, naval vessels, and other aerospace and defense products. BAE Systems was formed (1999) from the merger of British Aerospace (BAe) with Marconi Electronic Systems. , sold to other companies. "He came to Nashua and created a company that was the biggest in New Hampshire. We went for a ride you can't believe. We rode that train all the way to the end."
With the serious-minded Sanders at the helm, the company blossomed into the state's largest employer. Sanders Associates eventually bought the mill building on Canal Street Canal Street may refer to:
The company attracted top engineering talent and carved a global reputation for its innovative computer technology. With other high-tech firms later following the same path--including offshoot firms of former Sanders employees--Nashua became a gateway to that golden information age. But while Sanders helped reshape business in the state, he devoted just as much time to his family, his wife, Janice Sanders, said.
"It's hard to encapsulate en·cap·su·late
1. To form a capsule or sheath around.
2. To become encapsulated.
en·cap 30 years" of marriage, she said. "He was kind of down to earth ... it's hard to believe somebody could be that smart. He loved his family, but he loved his work just as much."
Royden Sanders "was the kind of guy who would work with the troops," said Ralph Baer, who worked as an engineer for Sanders Associates, and while there, designed what many consider the fast home video game.
"He always had special programs going on. He was an engineer. He always had things cooking and coming up with something special"
'Two generations ahead'
Sanders' inventiveness took root at a young age. He quit college in his junior year because his professors told him his thesis was complicated, said Morton Goulder, one of the "Raytheon Eleven" who founded Sanders Associates. So Sanders instead went to work for the military, devising a radio altimeter radio altimeter: see altimeter. in his basement.
"He was a genius, creative as blazes," Goulder said.
From the get-go, Sanders Associates followed its young leader in making a mark in technological research.
When the new company first made its home in Waltham, Mass., in 1951, it designed a subminiature sub·min·i·a·ture
Smaller than miniature; exceedingly small. rate gyroscope gyroscope (jī`rəskōp'), symmetrical mass, usually a wheel, mounted so that it can spin about an axis in any direction. When spinning, the gyroscope has special properties. that Timex eventually made and marketed.
Also that year, Sanders Associates joined Kaiser Manufacturing on the "Tinkertoy Project" for the U.S. Navy. The project had Sanders helping create electronic devices that used interchangeable modules so the mechanism could be made quickly and consistently.
Sanders Associates moved to Nashua in 1952. It renovated the top two floors of the old Textron mill, where blankets were woven, and kicked up a storm of dirt, as Royden Sanders recalled in a 1999 interview.
Once the dust cleared, Sanders immediately saw the value of hiring local workers.
"One of the things that really impressed us was the fact that the people we hired really gave you a day's work (Naut.) the account or reckoning of a ship's course for twenty-four hours, from noon to noon.
See also: Day for a day's pay," he said in the interview.
Sanders Associates went on to create the first electronic countermeasures Noun 1. electronic countermeasures - electronic warfare undertaken to prevent or reduce an enemy's effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum
ECM system that allowed the U.S. military to replace the noise jamming of enemy equipment.
"The whole concept of countermeasures That form of military science that, by the employment of devices and/or techniques, has as its objective the impairment of the operational effectiveness of enemy activity. See also electronic warfare. , which was his idea, saved thousands of lives," Higgins said.
That creativity expanded to radar and underwater technology. But Royden Sanders left the company in 1975, believing its size--peaking at 8,000 workers in the 1980s--had created a thick layer of bureaucracy.
"He was an engineer running an electronic company," Baer said. "Today, they are run by bookkeepers. There's no loyalty to the troops anymore."
Starting with the 1986 sale to Lockheed, the company changed ownership several times, but for several years left "Sanders" in the corporate name in some form or another.
Now BAE Systems, the company continues the vision Sanders had in the 1950s: creating cutting-edge defense technology.
Sanders started several other companies after leaving his namesake name·sake
One that is named after another.
[From the phrase for the name's sake.]
Noun firm. Almost until the end of his life, he refused to settle in the past.
He instead talked about the inventions of his last company, Sanders Design International in Wilton. One such creation was a machine that allows companies to quickly produce prototypes.
"He had a very fertile mind," Higgins said. "He was absolutely two generations ahead of himself in technology. Nobody was going to upstage him, from a technology standpoint"
Last month, Sanders was the guest of honor at an informal gathering of Sanders retirees, who meet occasionally at Bickford's restaurant in Nashua.
He told a reporter who attended the function: "We were all inventors back then ... in the early days, we invented a lot of very important things. It really was fun, and a very challenging, life."