People Who Died #34


Edwin Howard Armstrong

3 comments:

Peter L. Winkler said...

You know how he died? Jumped out of his apartment window. After inventing several important radio technologies, he then invented FM radio, which threatened Sarnoff's RCA radio empire which was based on AM. Sarnoff tied Armstrong up in patent lawsuits.

Tom Sutpen said...

You know how he died?

I did. I was thinking a lot about it before posting this.

Robert Fiore said...

No, Lee DeForest was the one Armstrong had his patent battles with. What Sarnoff did to him was even dirtier. Armstrong had perfected FM and founded a network of stations. When the FCC was setting national standards for FM, Sarnoff used his influence to get them to adopt different standards than Armstrong's, making all of Armstrong's stations and equipment worthless. The easiest way to find this out would be to watch the Ken Burns documentary, but we all know what you think of Ken Burns . . .