This year’s recipients of NAB’s Radio and Television Engineering Achievement Awards are Louis King and Victor Tawil.
They will be honored at the Technology Luncheon on April 18 in Las Vegas.
King completed his BS degree in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee, and his MS degree, also in EE, at the University of Missouri, where he won his first patent, for a pulse transformer design. He later became a professor in the electrical engineering department at Clemson College, which is now Clemson University, where he instituted the teaching of radio engineering courses.
Subsequently he moved to Haddonfield, N.J., to work for RCA in 1945.
King helped design the first air-cooled 50 kW AM transmitter at RCA and received the patent for the bistable multi-vibrator, better known as the flip-flop circuit used as the basic switching device in early computers.
After four years at RCA, he returned to Tennessee where he obtained his PE license and began a broadcast consulting business. It was here in the early 1950s that King started manufacturing AM broadcast antenna systems and components, which would eventually grow into Kintronic Laboratories. He is chairman of the board there.
Additionally, King is a lifetime member of the IEEE.
Tawil is senior vice president of the Association for Maximum Service Television. Prior to this position he was with the FCC for 14 years.