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Father of Radio

Identifier: 038.01.27

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.


  • Creation: 1950


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

1 Book (1 disk (CD-Rom)) : PDF format

Biographical Note

Lee de Forest (1873-1961), American inventor holding over 300 patents related to radio and wireless telegraphy, including the Audion triode tube, which made possible voice communication over radio. De Forest conducted his earliest successful radio demonstrations from atop Main Building at Armour Institute of Technology (now on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago) in 1901. Known as the "Father of Radio," de Forest taught at both Armour Institute (Sept. or Oct. 1900 - July 1901) and at Lewis Institute. Lewis and Armour merged in 1940 to create Illinois Institute of Technology.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Was formerly 2004.044.

Existence and Location of Originals

Print version is held by Galvin Library.

Existence and Location of Originals

The 1950 edition of Father of Radio is available for consultation as part of the archives book collection, see

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital surrogates of the CD in this collection have been created for for access and preservation purposes, and are stored on Google Drive.

Related Material

2001.004 Lee de Forest Collection, 1998.059 Lee de Forest Collection


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 7/6/2004

Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library. University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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