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Appendix I
Biography, in Brief, of Edward W. Herold


New York City, October 15, 1907


Public School System, Newark, New Jersey

B.Sc. (Physics), University of Virginia, 1930

M.Sc. (Physics), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, 1942

D.Sc. (Honorary), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, 1961

Positions Held:

1970—1972, Director, Technology, RCA Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey. Coordinated engineering and development program throughout the corporation with special emphasis on electronic components, solid-state devices and electron tubes. Retired October 31, 1972.

1965—1969, Corporate Research and Engineering Staff, RCA Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey. Liaison between corporate divisions and RCA Laboratories; headed development group on graphic systems for part of the time; also involved in color television, microwaves, education, engineering and research management, and patent consulting.

1959—1964, Vice President, Research, Varian Associates, Palo Alto, California. Overall advisory responsibility for research and development at Varian, and direct charge of the Central Research Laboratory. This laboratory engaged in basic and applied research in solid-state physics, plasma physics, physical electronics, automated instruction, adaptive systems, operations research, and computer applications. (p. i)

1951—1959, Director, Electronic Research Laboratory, RCA Laboratories, Princeton, New Jersey. This group carried on applied and basic research on semiconductor devices, electron tubes, integrated electronics, gas plasmas, and energy converters. In 1957—1958, also directed RCA program with C Stellarator nuclear fusion project at Princeton University.

1946—1951, Section Head, RCA Laboratories. Similar work to above. Directed corporate-wide development of first color TV picture tube.

1930—1946, Research and Development Engineer, RCA Radiotron Company and RCA Laboratories. Research and development of receiving type electron tubes, specializing in signal-to-noise problems, television applications, and superheterodyne mixers.

1927—1929, Radio Engineer, E. T. Cunningham, Inc. Electron tube applications and testing.

1924—1926, Research Assistant, Bell Telephone Laboratories. Picture transmission research.

Special Distinctions:

Phi Beta Kappa, 1930

Sigma Xi, 1944

Fellow, IEEE, 1948

Founders Medal, IEEE, 1976

Prof. Engineer, N.J.

Who’s Who in America

Who’s Who in Engineering

American Men of Science

Author, “Electron Tube” in Encyclopedia Britannica 1948–1973

Co-Author, “Color Television Picture Tubes” Academic Press, N.Y. 1974

(p. ii)

Professional Activities:

Board of Directors, IEEE, 1956-1958

Board of Directors, Wescon, 1963-1964

Board of Directors, Engineering Foundation, 1975-1977

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Palisades Institute, 1969-present

Organized Princeton Section, IEEE, 1947; Chairman, 1949

Numerous IEEE Committees, Board of Editors, etc. Consultant, U.S. Dep’t. of Defense; Member Advisory Group on Electron Devices, 1950-1968, 1973-1976; Chairman, 1976

Princeton University Advisory Council to Electrical Engineering Department, 1957-1963 and 1965-1971

Patents and Publications:

47 issued U.S. Patents

54 Publications


Life Member, IEEE

Former Member:

S.M.P.T.E., Amer. Phys. Soc., A.A.A.S.


Currently active “Secret”; have held “Top Secret” and AEC “Q” clearances.

Patent Litigations:

Expert Witness, Harries vs. Air King
(East. D., N.Y. 1949)

Expert Witness, RCA vs. Philco
(D., N.J. 1967 154 USPQ 570)

Expert Witness, Toshiba vs. Zenith
(D. Del. 1975 404F.Supp. 547)

Consultant, RCA vs. General Motors, 1975—1979 (p. iii)

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