Coffee With Jeff #89: The Man Who Invented FM Radio

31 mins - Published Sun, May 22, 2016 by Jeff Kelley

FM has a superior quality to AM radio, but despite being invented in the 1930s, it didn’t become popular for 35 years – long after the inventor was dead. Today we learn why.

His name was Edwin Howard Armstrong, an American electrical engineer and inventor. He was the holder of 42 patents and the winner of numerous awards including the first Medal of Honor awarded by the Institute of Radio Engineers, the French Legion of Honor, the Franklin Medal and the Edison Medal.

What he is known best for was the invention of frequency modulation radio, better known as FM. Some say that his inventions that make modern radio, TV and most all other communications, possible. Unfortunately he began a battle with the RCA Corporation that would cost him everything! It is the story of a naïve, idealistic inventor who refused to compromise and, in the end, became a victim to his own stubbornness.

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