Charles Ginsburg

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For the American pediatrician, see Charles M. 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.


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.

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  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