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Electronic Communication Pioneers



Ernst Frederick Werner Alexanderson

January 25, 1878 – May 14, 1975

Best known for:
Pioneering radio and television development
The Alexanderson alternator was the first transmitter that could transmit modulated audio over radio waves.

Inventions:
Alexanderson alternator
Amplidyne

Fun Fact:
Alexanderson spoke five languages: Swedish, English, French, Latin, and German.


Edwin Howard Armstrong

December 18, 1890 - January 31, 1954

Best known for:
Superheterodyne receiver system Pioneering the use of frequency modulation (FM)

Inventions:
Superheterodyne Circuit Regenerative Circuit

Fun Fact:
Armstrong enjoyed heights so much he once climbed an antenna upon a 20-story building and did a handstand while a photographer took his picture.


Ajay Bhatt

September 6, 1947 - Present

Best known for:
Inventing the USB (Universal Serial Bus)

Inventions:
USB (Universal Serial Bus)
AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port)
PCI Express

Fun Fact:
Bhatt became famous after he was portrayed in a popular 2009 Intel commercial.


Dr. Katharine Blodgett

January 10, 1898 – October 12, 1979

Best known for:
Inventing low reflectance glass that was later used in camera lenses, computer screens, eyeglasses, and periscopes

Inventions:
Low reflectance “invisible” glass
Langmuir-Blodgett trough

Fun Fact:
In 1939, the “invisible” glass was used publicly for the first time in camera lenses for the opening of the film Gone with the Wind.


Marie Van Brittan Brown

1922 - 1999

Best known for:
Closed-circuit television system to be used for home monitoring

Inventions:
First patent of home surveillance system

Fun Fact:
The Browns' patent has been referenced by numerous inventors as the basis behind their own creation.


Lee de Forest

August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961

Best known for:
His electronic amplifying Audion vacuum tube made radio broadcasing possible.

Inventions:
Audion vacuum tube
DeForest Phonofilm

Fun Fact:
During the Spanish-American War, Lee spent time as a bugler for the Connecticut Volunteer Militia Battery.


Allen B. DuMont

January 29, 1901 - November 14, 1965

Best known for:
Improvements to the cathode ray tube (CRT) which made commercially viable television possible.

Inventions:
DuMont Television Network
Magic Eye Tube/Electron Ray Tube

Fun Fact:
DuMont won three national championships in sailing and owned his own sailboat named Hurricane III.


Reginald Fessenden

October 6, 1866 - July 22, 1932

Best known for:
First transmission of speech by radio
Developing amplitude modulation (AM) radio

Fun Fact:
He taught mathematics at Bishop College in Quebec, Canada when he was 14 years old. He was also the holder of over 500 patents.


Bill and Melinda Gates

October 28, 1955 - Present

Best known for:
Microsoft (launched 1975)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Fun Fact:
When Gates was in eighth grade he wrote his first computer program (a type of tic-tac-toe) on a Teletype Model 33 ASR terminal and General Electric computer.

Photo by Kjetil Ree - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6934215


Heinrich Hertz

February 22, 1857 – January 1, 1894

Best known for:
Proving the existence of electromagnetic waves (radio waves)

Fun Fact:
Hertz believed his findings would have no practical implications. When asked about the ramifications of his studies, Hertz replied - "Nothing, I guess."


Grace Hopper

December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992

Best known for:
Computer Programming languages COBOL, CODASYL, FLOW-MATIC, MATH-MATIC
UNIVAC (large-scale computer system)
Programming Harvard Mark I computer

Fun Fact:
Hopper was awarded 40 honorary degrees from universities across the world.


Steve Jobs

February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

Best known for:
Co-Founder of Apple
CEO of Pixar
CEO of NeXT
Pioneering the microcomputer boom in the 70s and 80s

Inventions:
Apple I and II computers

Fun Fact:
When Jobs was 13 he worked for Bill Hewlett (Hewlett-Packard) assembling frequency counters.

Photo by Matthew Yohe, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10584359


Lewis Latimer

September 4, 1848 – December 11, 1928

Best known for:
Drafting the patent for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone and his work on electric filament manufacturing techniques

Inventions:
Carbon filament that improved on Edison’s original paper filament

Fun Fact:
Latimer once co-patented an upgraded railroad car toilet system.


Ada Lovelace

December 10, 1815 – November 27, 1852

Best known for:
Her contributions, with Charles Babbage, to a proposed general-purpose computer.

Inventions:
Analytical Engine

Fun Fact:
Lovelace was the only legitimate child of the famous British poet, Lord Byron.


Samuel Morse

April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872

Best known for:
Contributing to the invention and commercialization of telegraphy.

Inventions:
Single-Wire Telegraph System

Fun Fact:
Morse was an accomplished painter who attended the Royal Academy in 1812.


Raj Reddy

June 13, 1937 – Present

Best known for:
Contributing the Artificial Intelligence

Inventions:
Analysis of Natural Scenes
Task Oriented Computer Architectures
Autonomous Robotic Systems
Universal Access to Information

Fun Fact:
In 1994, Reddy became the first computer scientist of Asian origin to win the ACM Turing Award (highest computer science award).


David Sarnoff

February 27, 1891 - December 12, 1971

Best known for:
Heading the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and revolutionizing the expansion of radio and television in America.

Fun Fact:
In July 1921, Sarnoff arranged and broadcast a heavyweight-boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier. Due to its popularity, Sarnoff is considered a major contributor to the post war radio boom.


Alan Turing

June 23, 1912 – June 7, 1954

Best known for:
Developments in theoretical computer science, artificial intelligence, and code breaking

Inventions:
Turing Machine
Turing Test

Fun Fact:
Alan Turing is credited with designing the first computer chess program in 1953.


Alessandro Volta

February 18, 1745 – March 5, 1827

Best known for:
Inventing the battery and discovering Methane

Inventions:
Voltaic Pile

Fun Fact:
The SI unit of electric potential is named in his honor as the volt


Mark Zuckerberg

May 14, 1984 - Present

Best known for:
Co-Founding Facebook and growing the significance of social media platforms

Fun Fact:
When Zuckerberg was 12, he created a messaging system that his father than used in his dental office.