Charles Ginsburg

Charles Ginsburg

Charles Ginsburg (1920-1992) was the leader of a research team at Ampex which developed one of the first practical videotape recorders.

Born in San Francisco, California, Ginsburg earned a bachelor's degree from San José State 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.

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