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Second Sarnoff Innovation Lecture Explores the Early History of Microcircuitry

Second Sarnoff Innovation Lecture Explores the Early History of Microcircuitry

On Wednesday, November 12, David C. Brock, Senior Research Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, will speak about RCA and the Early History of Microcircuitry. His lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be at 5 p.m. in Roscoe West Hall.

David C. Brock is a historian of science and technology, who specializes in the history of semiconductor science, technology, and industry. In his lecture, he will discuss the notion of a community as the locus of innovation and the critical role of both RCA and New Jersey in the development of microcircuitry. Brock has studied the philosophy, sociology, and history of science at Brown University, the University of Edinburgh, and Princeton University, where he received an M.A. in the History of Science.

Brock’s publications include Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor, co-authored with Christophe Lécuyer and published by MIT Press, and Understanding Moore’s Law: Four Decades of Innovation, for which he was editor and contributor. In the realm of public history, he has curated an exhibition on the history of instrumentation, titled Revolutionary Tools:  Instrumentation and the Transformation of the Chemical Sciences, and a major traveling exhibit on the history of women in chemistry.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Sarnoff Collection and TCNJ’s School of Science. There will be a reception with light refreshments following the lecture.

For more information, please contact sarnoff@tcnj.edu.

Princess Elettra Marconi Visits TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection

Princess Elettra Marconi Visits TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection

Princess Elettra Marconi, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi—widely known as the “Father of Radio”—visited TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection on June 15th. Princess Marconi’s trip to Ewing is part of a North American tour commemorating the 140th anniversary of her father’s birth.  The Princess was greeted by TCNJ President Barbara Gitenstein and members of the faculty and staff…Continue Reading

Sarnoff Collection Opens on October 2

Sarnoff Collection Opens on October 2

On October 2, TCNJ opened a major exhibition that explores the state’s pioneering contributions to the electronics industry.  Innovations That Changed the World traces the history of telecommunications from the invention of radio to the dawn of information age using objects drawn from TCNJ’s David Sarnoff Collection. This world-class assemblage of artifacts, named after the…Continue Reading

IEEE Foundation Awards Major Grant to Sarnoff Collection at TCNJ

IEEE Foundation Awards Major Grant to Sarnoff Collection at TCNJ

The College of New Jersey is pleased to announce that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Foundation has awarded a grant of $19,800 for the establishment of a new study center in connection with TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection. The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, and the IEEE…Continue Reading

Sarnoff Consultant Ben Gross on RCA and LCDs

Sarnoff Consultant Ben Gross on RCA and LCDs

IEEE Spectrum magazine article by Dr. Benjamin Gross, consulting scholar for the Sarnoff Collection, “How RCA Lost the LCD.” RCA owned the early patents but failed to commercialize the liquid crystal display. For the full article click here.  Continue Reading

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