A. B. Amis, III (1928-2018) of Meridian, MS, was one of Radiation, Inc.’s primary technical writers, responsible for constructing many contracts, documents, and publication texts.
Amis graduated from Georgia Tech with Honors (1951) and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, having spent two years in the US Navy studying electronics (1946-1948). Amis was hired at Radiation, Inc. in 1953 as an Associate Principal Engineer, but quickly leveraged his skills as a writer, covering items such as sales presentations, employee evaluations and biographies, and copy for press and media. After retiring from Harris Corp. in 1988, Amis focused on traveling across the country with Frances, his spouse of 60 years. Many of the Radiation Old Timer reunions (1996-2012) were held at Amis’ home in Grant, FL, where he facilitated many of the oral history recordings collected throughout the Radiation, Inc. Archive. After Frances passed in 2009, Amis married fellow Radiator Mel Cox’s widow, Joyce Cox. Amis passed away in 2018 at the age of 90.
Radiation, Inc. was founded by Homer Denius and George Shaw in 1950. The company was first located in an old Naval building at the Melbourne Airport. Facilities were later added in Palm Bay, FL and Orlando, FL, as well as expanding the facilities in Melbourne, FL. When Radiation, Inc. merged with Harris-Intertype in 1967, the company had over 3,000 employees.
Radiation, Inc. focused on developing PCM telemetry systems, digital data communications systems, and tracking antennas. They were contracted by entities such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, RCA, General Electric, and General Motors. Additionally, the company presented their research and products at many conferences and expositions, such as the National Symposium on Telemetering, National Telecommunications Conference, and Space Congress.