This paper defines and discusses technical obsolescence of engineers and scientists. It is concerned with the knowledge explosion in general terms, and in specific areas. The impacting force of the knowledge explosion is considered in terms of organizations and individuals.
An approach to assessing the impact of the knowledge explosion is proposed. The responsibility for positive action to avoid technical obsolescence is discussed. The scope of this paper is restricted to the technical obsolescence of engineers and scientists, and does not concern itself with equipment and facilities.