Larry Fullerton is a tireless explorer of our planet’s physical mysteries and an intrepid discoverer of their solutions. In 1974, at the very dawn of the computer age, Fullerton created one of the world’s first micro-processors, which was used to automate all manufacturing processes for a large paper mill, thereby slashing the company’s labor costs and launching a global trend in automated industrial manufacturing. He was 24 years old.
In 1977 Fullerton went to work at the NASA rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he helped correct critical interface and control problems affecting the US space shuttle program. Just eight months later, with a commendation from NASA’s director in hand, Fullerton left to start his own company.
Since that day in 1980, Larry Fullerton has been awarded more than 500 patents from the US and international patent offices—for inventions ranging from high-resolution radar to covert wireless communications to programmable magnetic devices and armor capable of resisting rocket-propelled grenades. He has won several prestigious awards for his inventions, including the HOBY Inspiration Award, and in 2010 he was named one of America’s 100 Most Creative People in Business by the consumer magazine Fast Company. In the state of Alabama, which boasts one of the country’s highest concentrations of technology companies, Larry Fullerton made the 2010 list of the top four patent holders, sharing honors with NASA itself, AT&T and the US Army. Today, the dauntless inventor is focusing his efforts on the revolutionary seismic technology now being offered by Precision Impulse Technologies, his latest commercial endeavor.