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CEA Names 12 To CE Hall Of Fame

3/16/2006 12:11:00 PM Eastern

Washington — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the new class of inductees into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame during the Entertainment Technology Policy Summit here.

The 12 industry luminaries will be inducted at the annual CE Hall of Fame awards dinner at CEA’s Industry Forum to be held in San Francisco Oct. 16-18. 

The new members include:

  • Jack Doyle, who was both the founding president of Pioneer America and also the mastermind behind the company’s entry into the car audio business. He later became the first president of what is now Pioneer Electronics USA, which combined the car audio and home electronics divisions of the company.

  • Robert Galvin, who took the reins of Motorola in 1959 from his father, Paul, and grew sales of $290

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    million to $10.8 billion annually by the time he retired as chairman in 1990, creating one of the world’s most respected companies.

  • Dr. George Heilmeier, who led the team at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center Labs in the mid-1960s that created the first commercial LCDs.

  • Nick Holonyak Jr., who invented the first LED in 1962 while at General Electric and was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2002 by President Bush.

  • Howard Ladd, who as founder and president of Concord Electronics during the 1960s, developed and marketed the first consumer reel-to-reel and stereo cassette audio tape recorders. He may be best known for introducing the Sanyo brand in the United States in the 1970s, and was chairman and president of Fisher from 1976-1987.

  • Alfred J. (A.J.) Richard, who inherited a 10-store hardware chain from his father and, during his 77-year tenure, transformed it into a 49-store electronics and appliance giant that produces $1 billion in annual sales.
    John Roach, who led Tandy Corp. to prominence in the emerging microcomputer business and, when appointed CEO in 1981, built RadioShack into the nation’s preeminent and most ubiquitous electronics retailer.

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  • Dr. Donald Blitzer, Dr. Robert H. Willson and Dr. H. Gene Slottow, colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engineering department, who invented the plasma display in 1960, the precursor to today’s high-definition plasma televisions.

  • Andrew Grove and Gordon Moore, along with Robert Noyce, who founded Intel, the world’s most dominant computer chip maker, in 1968. Both Grove and Moore served as president, CEO and chairman.
    "We are proud to recognize and honor these industry leaders. Their industry contributions have led to innovative products and services that have improved and simplified consumers’ lives," Shapiro added.

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