Charles Ginsburg (July 27, 1920, San Francisco – April 9, 1992 Eugene, Oregon) was an engineer and the leader of a research team at Ampex which developed one of the first practical videotape recorders. 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.
Born 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. 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.
Honors and Awards
- David Sarnoff Award of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) (1957),
- Vladimir K. Zworykin Award of the Institute of Radio Engineers (1958),
- Valdemar Poulsen Gold Medal from the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (1960),
- Howard N. Potts Medal from the Franklin Institute (1969),
- John Scott Award from the City of Philadelphia Board of Directors of Trusts, Video Achievement Award from the former International Tape/Disc Association (1975),
- Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (1990).
- Inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame (2000).
- 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
- Group photo including Ginsburg and his team
- "Charles Ginsburg". Consumer Electronics Association. 2000. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- Memorial Tribute NAE
- List of IEEE Vladimir K. Zworykin Award recipients
- Short bio