Based on more than forty interviews with Wells conducted over three years-as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues—John Gallagher has written a riveting story of the roller coaster life and searingly intense personality of a leading scientist whose passion for research and development revolutionized the science and technology industry in the United States.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, Wells stands as the ultimate icon of development in advanced particle research. He knew that the best way to create a buzz in the science community was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination combined with remarkable feats of science.
Although Wells cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written not even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And wells speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovated products that resulted.
Driven by demons, Wells could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as S.T.A.R. Labs technology has to be. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, teamwork, scientific research and development.
- According to Eobard, the biography described him as "arrogant, prickly, brusque," and, "at times, contemptuous."
- Barry Allen read the book twice.
Behind the scenes
- The biography is published by a company initialed H.G., a reference to H.G. Wells.