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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.

Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal Explains How Blue LEDs Were Developed at RCA

Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal Explains How Blue LEDs Were Developed at RCA

In a Wall Street Journal Op Ed piece on October 10, 2014, Sarnoff Collection curator Ben Gross explains how RCA scientists developed blue LEDs more than 40 years ago. The original RCA blue LED is on view in TCNJ’s exhibition Innovations That Changed the World. For the full story, click on the headline above.  …

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…

Cutting-Edge Interactive Exhibit Designs by TCNJ Students, February 7

Cutting-Edge Interactive Exhibit Designs by TCNJ Students, February 7

TCNJ’s Interactive Multimedia Department and the Sarnoff Collection are pleased to present the “Sarnoff Interactive Exhibit Expo” a showcase of student interactive design projects to be held on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event, which will be held in the Sarnoff Collection in Roscoe West Hall, is free and open to…

“Electronic Treasures of The Sarnoff Collection” Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

“Electronic Treasures of The Sarnoff Collection” Featured in IEEE Spectrum Magazine

The IEEE Spectrum magazine and website features an 8-page article on TCNJ’s Sarnoff Collection and the new exhibition highlighting the rich history of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). As the article explains, “The history of the Radio Corporation of America is in many ways the history of 20th-century American innovation.” To see the online…

Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the Sarnoff Collection

Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the Sarnoff Collection

Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the David Sarnoff Collection is a long-term exhibition that explores the state’s pioneering contributions to the electronics industry.  The exhibition 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. Innovations That Changed…

Radio to the Rescue: David Sarnoff and the Titanic Disaster

  From April 12 through May 11, 2012, a special exhibition of artifacts from The Sarnoff Collection was presented in the TCNJ Library to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, an event in which David Sarnoff played a significant role. Below are texts and images from that exhibition. In 1912, Sarnoff…

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…

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