Marvin Camras

Marvin Camras

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 23 Jun 1995 (aged 79)
Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Gate 36 O.K.O.J. Row 69
Memorial ID 113261530 · View Source
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Marvin grew up in Chicago's west side, and became an electrical engineer and inventor who was widely influential in the field of magnetic recording. Marvin built his first recording device, a wire recorder, in the 1930s for a cousin who was an aspiring singer. Shortly afterwards he discovered that using magnetic tape made the process of splicing and storing recordings easier. Marvin's work attracted the notice of his professors at what is now the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and was offered a position at the Armour Research Foundation (which merged with Lewis Institute in 1940 to become IIT) to develop his work. Marvin received a bachelor's degree in 1940 and a master's degree in 1942, both in electrical engineering, from IIT. Before and during World War II Marvin's early wire recorders were used by the armed forces to train pilots. They were also used for disinformation purposes: battle sounds were recorded and amplified and the recordings placed where the D-Day invasion was not going to take place. This work was kept secret until after the war. In June 1944 he was awarded US Patent number 2351004, titled "Method and Means of Magnetic Recording". In all, Marvin received more than 500 patents, largely in the field of electronic communications. In May 1962 Marvin wrote a predictive paper titled "Magnetic recording and reproduction - 2012 A.D.". In his paper Marvin predicted the existence of mass-produced portable media players he described as memory packs the size of a package of playing cards holding up to 10^20 bits of information. Such devices would not have any mechanically moving parts and would store both sound and movies. He also predicted music and movie downloads, online shopping, access to online encyclopedias, newspapers, and the widespread use of online banking transactions. In 1968, IIT awarded him an honorary doctorate. In recognition of his achievements, he received the National Medal of Technology award in 1990. Marvin died of kidney failure at the age of 79 in Evanston, Illinois. In his honor IIT created the Camras Scholars Program, a scholarship which provides tuition for undergraduates. In 2011 a new Chicago K-8 school in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood was named in his memory: Marvin Camras Children's Engineering School.


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  • Created by: Bernie_L
  • Added: 3 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113261530
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marvin Camras (1 Jan 1916–23 Jun 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113261530, citing Waldheim Jewish Cemetery, Forest Park, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Bernie_L (contributor 47895613) .