NAB has named Louis King, chairman of Kintronic Laboratories, as the recipient of its Radio Engineering Achievement Award, to be presented during the upcoming NAB2007 convention.
Here’s the text of NAB’s announcement, as posted in the association’s technical newsletter:
“From the time that he built his first crystal radio set at a young age to the receipt of his amateur radio license, Louis King was destined to make his mark on the broadcast world. Following completion of 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 received his first patent (for a pulse transformer design), Mr. King became a professor in the electrical engineering department at Clemson College (now Clemson University), where he instituted the teaching of radio engineering courses. Subsequently, he moved to Haddonfield, New Jersey to work for the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1945.
“Mr. King was instrumental in the design of the first air-cooled 50kW AM transmitter at RCA and received the patent for the bistable multi-vibrator, which was better known as the flip-flop circuit commonly used as the basic switching device in early computers. Following four very productive years at RCA, Mr. King returned to Tennessee in 1949 where he obtained his PE license (in Tennessee and Virginia) and began a broadcast consulting business. It was here in the early 1950’s that Mr. King started manufacturing AM broadcast antenna systems and components.
“The vision that started at that time has grown into what is now known as Kintronic Laboratories (www.kintronic.com), an RF equipment manufacturer with customers in all 50 states and in over 100 countries, and for which Mr. King still serves as Chairman of the Board. As an inventor, educator, consulting engineer and manufacturer Louis King has made numerous outstanding contributions to the radio broadcast industry that have helped make it what it is today. Mr. King is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).”
The TV winner is Victor Tawil of the Association for Maximum Service Television.