Herbert Belar papers

About this collection

    Herbert Belar (1901-1997) was an inventor and research scientist in the field of acoustical engineering at the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, New Jersey for thirty-eight years. He developed "hi-fi" recording, the phonetic typewriter, and the electronic music synthesizer. Belar was born in Laibach, Austria-Hungary and immigrated to the United States in 1919. He began his career with RCA at RCA Victor Photophone in Camden, New Jersey in 1928 after graduating from Drexel University. He was transferred to RCA Laboratories in Princeton in 1948, where he worked in acoustics under Harry F. Olson (1901-1982) for almost twenty years. While at RCA Laboratories, Belar collaborated with Olson to develop the first musical synthesizers: the RCA Mark I and Mark II.
    This collection has not been digitized in its entirety. The selected digitized materials included here relate to Olson and Belar's work on the development and release of the RCA Mark I and Mark II synthesizers. Click here to view the finding aid for this collection.
    Image: Cover of an article about the music synthesizer co-authored by Herbert Belar. Click here to view the image source.

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