August 1944 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Edwin Armstrong, whose first name is Edwin but is often assumed to be Major
(which used to be a not-so-rare man's first name), was endowed with many awards,
patents, titles, and honorary distinctions during his amazing career. He served
in the Signal Corps during World War I, where he attained the rank of Major.
Having already achieved notoriety for his work prior to being commissioned, he
entered as military service as a Captain (RCA's
was initially commissioned as a General during World War II). Being highly
patriotic, Armstrong granted the U.S. government free use of his patented
material during both wars. As with many other renowned inventors, scientists and
engineers of the era (and no doubt today as well), he suffered from
personal issues that haunted him constantly, as written about in my Kirt's
Cogitations article entitled, "Edwin H.
Armstrong: The Rest of the Story."
Major Armstrong Receives Award
from Army Signal Corps
The Signal Corps appreciates Major Edwin Armstrong.
Major Armstrong, outstanding pioneer, was last month awarded a Certificate of
Appreciation by the Signal Corps in recognition of the valuable work he is now doing
for the United States. Definitely, the citation was for "outstanding contributions
to the Signal Corps, Army Service Forces." Armstrong was further honored in that
the certificate to him was the first one of its kind to be issued.
It is the intention of the Signal Corps to present such certificates to individuals
and companies who have performed notable services beyond the normal requirements
of duty but who are not under the direct control of the War Department and are therefore,
not eligible for the Army-Navy "E."
Dr. Armstrong's contributions to this war began in 1941, when he waived all his
royalties on the use of 17 patents covering FM apparatus used by the War Department.
At the same time he offered to license any manufacturers designated by the War Department
to produce apparatus under his patents for use during the present emergency, at
the rate of one dollar a year per patent.
This is not the first time Dr. Armstrong's efforts have been of value to the
War Department and the radio public. It was as a Signal Corps officer in France
during the last war that he developed the super-heterodyne circuit, now used in
practically all broadcast receivers. Later he originated the super-regenerator,
commonly used in ultra-short-wave reception, and as a crowning triumph, brought
out (in 1934) his latest invention, FM, which has already revolutionized standards
of broadcast reception.
Posted January 5, 2022
(updated from original post on 8/11/2014)