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In preparing this review the efforts of numerous others were invaluable, specifically C.M.Guttman, G.T.Davis, L.Smith, and D.Huntston of NBS; M.Jaffe and R.M.Mininni of Celanese Corporation (in cooperation with DARPA and Dow Corning); K.Bowen of MIT; DARPA; R.E.Hefner, consultant to Michigan Molecular Institute; D.J.Meier of MMI; D.W. McCall of AT&T Bell Laboratories; J.T.Quinlivan of Boeing Company; R.S.Porter of the University of Massachusetts; and R.K.Eby of the Johns Hopkins University.



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