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The Life and Times of A.D. Blumlein

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Author(s): Russell W. Burns
Publication Year: 2000

Despite his accidental death in June 1942 at the age of 38, Alan Dower Blumlein was unquestionably one of the century s most creative engineers and filed some 140 patents. He was the driving force and inspiration behind a vast number of fundamental innovations in the fields of radar, electronics and sound recording, amongst which he held perhaps the landmark patent enabling stereo sound. Surprisingly, until 1999 there had been no biographies of this remarkable man. The IEE is proud to rectify this by publication of this scholarly treatment of Blumlein's life, which includes a foreword by his eldest son.

Inspec keywords: radar; audio recording; telephony; sound reproduction; high definition television; antennas; patents

Other keywords: electrical measurements; cables; monophonic sound reproduction; high-definition television; contributions to radar; stereo phonic sound reproduction; monophonic sound recording; telephony; Blumleins radar work; stereo phonic sound recording; A.D. Blumlein; radar workers; patents; antennas

Subjects: Audio recording media and techniques; Telephony; Single antennas; Radar theory; High definition television; General electrical engineering topics

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