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Catalog Number 2016.001.059
Description Poster of Paul Cook, c. 1983-1989. Printed color poster mounted to foam core of the January 1983 cover of The Executive magazine. The cover features a portrait painting by Lawrence Williams of Paul M. Cook, the CEO and founder of the Raychem Corporation. "THE / EXECUTIVE" appears at top in black font. Below is an image of Paul Cook against a background that transitions from light blue at top to darker blue at bottom. Cook has short white and gray hair and brown eyes. He looks at the viewer with his head slightly turned, wearing a white collared shirt and a light blue bow tie. His right hand is visible in the portrait, held level with his bowtie in a loose fist. To the right of Cook article titles appear in white font.
Object Name Poster
Collection 3D - Advertising Media
Title Poster of Paul Cook, January 1983
Date c. 1983-1989
Creator Williams, Lawrence
Role Artist
Inscription Text "THE / EXECUTIVE" (printed in black ink at top center); "San Francisco Bay Area" and "January 1983 $2.00" (printed in small black font just above and below the title); "Special Report: / Executive / job outlook / Financing the / U.S. Olympic / team / Executives / cozy up to / computers / Paul Cook / leads Raychem / to Fortune 500" (printed in white along right side); "lawrence williams" (artist signature printed in red at lower right); "Paul M. Cook / Raychem Corp." (printed in small black font at bottom right).
Notes Paul Cook, a chemical engineer, is a "graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cook moved from the East Coast to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1950s to work at the Stanford Research Institute. While working at the institute, Cook saw potential in a relatively new branch of science at that time--radiation chemistry--which uses high energy electrons to alter the molecular structure of polymers. The name Raychem derives from this early technology in radiation chemistry that launched the company and still guides most of its research."
[ 2/3/2016]

Artist, Lawrence Williams, 1913-2003, "was considered a master portrait artist and was famous for portraits that caught the spirit of his subjects as well as their likeness. He was particularly known for his portraits of presidents and first ladies."
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"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[ 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-36 W-24 D-0.25 inches
Search Terms Art
Business and Industry
Cook, Paul M.
Menlo Park
Oil Painting
Subjects Art
Executive power
Magazine covers
Oil paintings
Periodical illustrations
Portrait paintings
People Cook, Paul M.