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De Forest, Lee, 1873-1961



Lee de Forest (1873-1961) served as a faculty member at Lewis Institute and conducted radio broadcast experiments at the Armour Institute of Technology at the turn of the twentieth century. During that time he conducted his first long-distance broadcasts from the roof of Main Building on Armour Institute's campus. He invented the Audion three-element vacuum tube; the resulting tube amplified electric signals and served as a fast-switching element that later would be used in digital electronics. De Forest also patented a method of recording sound on film that the movie industry would later adopt.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Edwin Lewis and Lee de Forest, 1937

 Digital Image

Father of Radio

Identifier: 038.01.27
Description of the Collection

Digital version in PDF format of the out-of-print autobiography FATHER OF RADIO by Lee de Forest, originally published by Wilcox & Follett (Chicago), 1950.

Dates: 1950

Lee de Forest correspondence, 1931

Identifier: 038.01.25
Description of the Collection

Typed and hand-signed letter dated January 21, 1931 from Dr. Lee de Forest to The New York Times regarding the decline in the quality of radio programming.

Dates: 1931

Lee de Forest receiving honorary doctorate from Lewis Institute, 1937

 Digital Image

Lee de Forest recording, 1958

Identifier: 038.01.26
Description of the Collection Fifteen minute audio recording of Lee de Forest speaking on his 85th birthday (August. 26, 1958) to thank over 60,000 Ham radio operators who sent him QSL cards in honor of his birthday. It was recorded by Harry Leonard, audiologist for Fox Studios, and played over Ham radio ARRL Headquarters in Harper, Conn. De Forest comments about how impressed he was at receiving the thousands of birthday greetings as a sign of "the high regard which radio amateurs hold toward myself." He recounts a bit...
Dates: 1958

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