Allen B. DuMont, the great engineer, scientist and businessman.

Allen B. DuMont, the great engineer, scientist and businessman.

Allen Balsam Du Mont was born on January 29, 1901, In Brooklyn, New York. His Father William du Mont was an Executive in Waterbury Clock Corporation. He was stricken with Polio at the age of 10. He was quarantined at his family’s Eastern Parkway apartment for nearly a year. During his period of quarantine, his father brought some books and magazines for the young Du Mont to read while bedridden. At this time Du Mont Developed and interest in Science, especially wireless radio communication and taught himself more Code. After recovering from polio Du Mont was advised to swim to regain  the use of his legs, In 1914, the family moved to Cedar Grove, New York jersey, where there was an  indoor year-round available at the Local YMCA.

Allen Balsam Du Mont was an American electronics engineer, scientist and inventor best known for improvements to the cathode ray tube  in 1930 for use of television receivers. He got his early education from the Montclair High School.After that Du Mont was educated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, in New York D.S in Electrical Engineering in 1924. He began career with Westinghouse Lamp Company; connected television in his garage, in 1920, developed a cathode ray tube that would last for thousands of hours (unlike famous German import cathode ray tube, which lasted only 25 to 3o hours0. He left the De Forest Radio Company in 1930.

In 1931 he incorporated Du Mont Labs, which he sold in 1935 a half –interest to Paramount Pictures Corporations to raise capital for broadcasting Stations. With the best efforts in 1935 the Du Mont Lab was the first company to market home television receiver, in 1935 he, granted experimental TV licenses in Passaic, New Jersey, and New York. In 1942 Du Mont Television Network was separated from the Du Mont labs, sold to the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company; Emerson Radio and Photograph Corp. Purchased Du Mont’s Television, photograph, and stereo producing division. Latter on Du Mont interests emerged with the Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation. In 1960, named group general manager of Du Mont divisions of Fairchild, 1960. He also named senior technical consultants in 1960. In 1961 Du Mont was awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Rensselaer and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institutes. In 1945 he was also awarded with the Marconi Memorial Medal for Achievement.

Du Mont Proposed a “Ship finder chip” in1932, he was had also Invented Radar. The military asked him to, however, not to take out a patent for developing what they wanted to maintain as a secret, and so he is not often mentioned among those responsible for Radar. He did, however, go on to develop long-rang precision radar to aid the Allies during World War II.  As in result the French Government knighted him in1952.  Du Mont was the first to provide funding for educational television broadcasting. He was also the recipient of  many honorary degrees and awards, among them the Cross knight awarded by  “ The Heretic Alger Award”, “The Westinghouse award “and “ The Deforest Medal”, Du Mont was also the holder of over 30 patents in cathode ray tube and other television equipment. He enjoyed with sailing, He owned a Cruiser Hurricane III. He participated in boats races and competes in sailing skills competition. After lots of achievements, died on November 14, 1965 at the age of 65 and buried in Montclair, New Jersey.


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