Techies are in foreign lands too

Arnold Forman asks about technology, assuming that another reader's visitors came from Italy by plane ["Debate About Vacation Time Keeps Raging," Letters, Sept. 7].

His assumption that American technology made it possible is incorrect: The jet engine was invented by Frank Whittle, an Englishman, and radio by an Italian, Guglielmo Marconi. Airbus Industries, a French company, is a market leader in commercial aircraft sales. The father of the modern computer was Alan Turing, British.

Wherever the technology came from, it wasn't America.

David Cunard

Van Nuys

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