Hank Magnuski

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Hank Magnuski
H. S. Magnuski
Born Henry Stanley Magnuski
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Nationality USA
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Parent(s) Henryk Magnuski

Prior to founding NCast, Dr. Hank Magnuski was co-founder and CEO of GammaLink. He invented the industry's first PC-to-fax communications technology in 1985.[1][2][3] In 1994, GammaLink merged with Dialogic Corporation of Parsippany, New Jersey, a leading manufacturer of voice cards for the PC. In 1999, Dialogic Corporation merged with Intel. It was then bought by Eicon and subsequently acquired by Open Media Labs, which now functions as Dialogic Media Labs. In 1995, Dr. Magnuski received the Fax Industry Award from BIS, now Giga Information Group, Inc.

He pioneered the Internet's first video service provider Internet Video Services, Inc. in 1995 and founded MediaMart, an early video on-line store and electronic commerce site.

In 2005 the University of Illinois College of Engineering named Dr. Magnuski as a recipient of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois, in 1998, recognized Dr. Magnuski as a Distinguished Alumni “In recognition of outstanding contributions to the telecommunications industry, including pioneering work in the area of PC-fax Technology.”

In 1980 Magnuski established the first packet repeater for amateur radio in the US.[4] This repeater, KA6M/R, located in the San Francisco Bay area, created interest in packet radio technology and led to the establishment of the Pacific Packet Radio Society.

In honor of his father, Henryk Magnuski, Dr. Magnuski, and his wife, Cynthia Jose, established the Henry Magnuski Scholar Fund for Outstanding Young Faculty Members which has now become the Henry Magnuski Endowed Professorship within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois.

A key patent in multicast videoconferencing was granted to Dr. Magnuski in 2008.[5]

Dr. Magnuski graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BSEE in Electrical Engineering in 1965, and an MSEE from MIT in 1966. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT (1973) and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford University.


  1. ^ Kanzler, Stephen. Firm Offers Link Between PC and Facsimile Machine, PC Week, November 26th, 1985, p. 10
  2. ^ Dix, John. Gammalink's micro-to-facsimile transmission product debuts, Computerworld, December 9th, 1985, p. 19
  3. ^ Hindin, Eric. Gamma Technology Unfolds Software To Link IBM PC With Fax Machines, Communications Week, December 16th, 1985
  4. ^ Magnuski, Hank and Pete O'Dell. First Packet Repeater Operational In U.S., QST, April, 1981, p. 27
  5. ^ US Patent No. 7,280,492, Videoconferencing system

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