Elmer William Engstrom Papers

Elmer W. Engstrom, born on August 25, 1901, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was an American electrical engineer and corporate executive known for his role in the development of television. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1923, Engstrom worked at the General Electric Company in New York on radio technology and audio devices for motion pictures. During the 1930s, he led RCAs research and development for television, subsequently becoming the head of RCA Laboratories in 1943 and Vice President for research in 1945. He led RCA's effort in radar and acoustics during World War II. Engstrom became the president of RCA in 1961 and the Chief Executive Officer in 1966, serving on its board until 1971. He was an active Christian leader, and the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, was endowed and named in his honor from 1990 to 2014, when the department became the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Engstrom died in 1984.

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