HRL's History of the Future Podcast

Focusing on the famed Hughes Research facility’s past and HRL’s present advancements in science and technology.

Podcast guests include current and past HRL researchers as well as outside scientists whose research ties in with HRL’s mission, or is of potential interest to HRL’s audience. Experts from different eras will highlight the many scientific milestones reached at HRL over the decades, and current staff will discuss advances being made today, as well as looking forward to what may come in HRL’s future.

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Episode 002 – John Neer

Capturing A Genius: The Feynman Lectures

Podcast guest: John Neer. © 2017 HRL Laboratories.

In 2008, John Neer retired from an industry career of over 50 years in commercial, military, national security, civil, and international aerospace programs, in which he specialized in satellite guidance, navigation, and control systems. Upon his retirement, the National Reconnaissance Office, which is the US intelligence agency in charge of reconnaissance satellites,   awarded John the prestigious superior service medal for “…superior leadership and technical acumen in the development and operation of multiple NRO programs. Specifically, his engineering expertise advanced the state-of-the-art for satellite communication, imagery, and ground processing capabilities and operation.”

John started his professional career at Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles in 1966, where he participated in 5 years of lectures given by Nobel physics laureate Richard Feynman at the Hughes Research Labs (now HRL Laboratories) in Malibu, CA. John has now made his fascinating lecture notes available free to the public online at and joins us to talk about the Feynman lectures and how they affected him.

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HRL's History of the Future
Host and theme music: Shaun Mason
Production, editing, voiceover, and recording: Bryan Ferguson

HRL's History of the Future Podcast is a science-related interview program presented by HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California.
Opinions expressed by podcast guests are not necessarily those of HRL Laboratories, LLC.

HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, California ( is a corporate research-and-development laboratory owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors specializing in research into sensors and materials, information and systems sciences, applied electromagnetics, and microelectronics. HRL provides custom research and development and performs additional R&D contract services for its LLC member companies, the U.S. government, and other commercial companies.

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