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John Karlin: The Scientist Who Pioneered Digital Dialing

Posted on 02/11/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyToday, the title of the sexy 1960 Elizabeth Taylor drama BUtterfield 8 probably puzzles a lot of younger movie buffs who come across it on Netflix. They don’t recognize it as an old-fashioned phone number, with the first two letters and a number denoting a local exchange on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side. And for that, we have John E. Karlin to thank. Karlin, a Bell Labs industrial psychologist, who did the behavioral research that showed that telephone users were capable of …