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NATAS to Present Lifetime Award in Technology and Engineering

Jun 23, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will present its first lifetime achievement award in the area of technology and engineering to the inventors of the first practical videotape recorder. The event will be held Sept. 29 at Bristol-Myers Squibb Headquarters in Princeton, N.J.

Charlie Ginsburg, Ray Dolby, Alex Maxey, Charlie Anderson, Fred Pfost and Shelby Henderson were working for Ampex Corp. when the VTR-1000 (later known as the Ampex Mark IV) was presented on March 14, 1956, at the National Association of Radio and Television.

CBS went on-air with the first videotape-delayed broadcast, “Douglas Edwards and The News, on Nov. 30, 1956, from Los Angeles, using the Ampex Mark IV.

Also to be announced on Sept. 29 will be winners of advanced media technology categories addressed annually by NATAS.