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Charles P. Ginsburg's Birthday
July 27

By Sarah Lane
Jun 29, 2004, 14:00 PST

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Charles P. Ginsburg


Born:
July 27, 1920
San Francisco, California

Died:
April 9, 1992
Eugene, Oregon

Charles P. Ginsburg made a huge contribution to technology with his invention and development of video magnetic tape recording for instant playback. He graduated with a B.A. from San Jose State College in 1948 and joined the Ampex Corporation in 1952, where he would make his mark in the world of television. Ginsburg revolutionized television broadcasting by developing a system which used a rapidly rotating recording head to apply high-frequency signals onto a reel of magnetic tape. This invention made possible instant replay, the reduction of production time by many hours, allowed for rapid editing, and increased flexibility in presenting news and other programs. Ginsburg was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1973 for invention and pioneering development of video magnetic tape recording for instant playback.

Source: National Academy Press

For a more in-depth look at the life of Charles P. Ginsburg, click here.


Additional Learning Links

National Inventors Hall of Fame
This is a link to Charles P. Ginsburg’s Hall of Fame profile. Get access to programs, workshops, and information on some of history’s most famous inventors.
Source:       National Inventors Hall of Fame

National Academy Press
Part of the Memorial tributes from the National Academy of Engineering, this excerpt includes a photo and a detailed description of Ginsburg’s most influential projects and inventions.
Source:       National Academy Press



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