Saturday, January 01, 2005
The Columbia University lab where Edwin H. Armstrong developed FM radio technology in the 1930's has finally been given National Historic Landmark status. Armstrong's technology, which gave radio a better fidelity signal than the AM (mediumwave) band, had its public debut in the US as far back as 1939, though FM wouldn't become widely popular for another half century.
An electronics genius, Armstrong conducted much of his radio research for military purposes - specifically, to enhance U.S. military communications in World Wars I and II. He had a frustrating time, however, with trying to get FM off the ground. He fought for much of his life to keep the rights to his invention and finally committed suicide in 1954 when it seemed he had lost them. His wife kept battling and eventually prevailed in court.
Do click on the link in the title and explore the website dedicated to Armstrong...amazing and once again perfect proof that you don't have to worry about someone pinching original ideas...you have to ram it down people's throats to get it accepted.