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Charles Ginsburg

Charles Paulson Ginsburg (July 27, 1920  – April 9, 1992) was an engineer and the leader of a research team at Ampex which developed one of the first practical videotape recorders.[1] The engineering team that created the videotape recorder when they worked for Ampex under his direction were Charles Andersen, Ray Dolby, Shelby Henderson, Fred Pfost, and the late Alex Maxey.


  • Biography 1
  • Honors and Awards 2
  • US Patents 3
  • References 4


He was born on July 27, 1920 in San Francisco, California.

Ginsburg earned a bachelor's degree from San José State University in 1948. He worked as an engineer at AM-radio station KQW (now KCBS). He joined Ampex in 1951, and remained there until his retirement in 1986, holding the title Vice President of Advanced Technology.[2] Ginsburg was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1973, being cited for invention and pioneering development of video magnetic tape recording for instant playback.[3]

He died on April 9, 1992 in Eugene, Oregon.

Honors and Awards

US Patents

  • U.S. Patent 3,003,025
  • U.S. Patent 2,968,692
  • U.S. Patent 2,956,114
  • U.S. Patent 2,921,990
  • U.S. Patent 2,916,547
  • U.S. Patent 2,916,546
  • U.S. Patent 2,866,012


  1. ^ "Group photo including Ginsburg and his team". Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Charles Ginsburg". Consumer Electronics Association. 2000. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Memorial Tribute NAE". Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "List of IEEE Vladimir K. Zworykin Award recipients". Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Short bio
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