Peter Carl Goldmark

(b. 12/2/1906, Budapest – d. Westchester County, NY, 12/7/1977)

Dr. Goldmark, responsible for over 160 inventions in his storied career, studied at the University of Vienna (B.S., 1929, Ph.D., 1931) and from 1931–33 worked for a radio company in England. After emigrating to the United States in 1933, he worked as a construction engineer until joining the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in 1936. There he developed the first commercial color television system. Goldmark also developed the 33 1/3 LP phonograph record that greatly increased the playing time of records. Later, Goldmark achieved fame for the first electronic video recording system—the forerunner for the VCR in your home today. In 1954, he became the chief engineer and President of CBS’s Laboratory.

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