Early Electronic Television
Lecture about EMI by Norman Green
From the Institute and Engineering Technolgoy Website
About the presentation
One of the first projects of the combined research laboratories was the development of an all-electronic television system. To do this, EMI assembled one of the finest groups of engineers and scientists in an industrial company the world has ever seen. People such as Shoenberg, Blumlein, Condliffe, McGee, Lubszynski and White. Their work caused the famous scientist, Lord Rutherford of the Cambridge University Cavendish Laboratory, to say ‘they are carrying out almost pure laboratory physics and then applying it directly to industrial work.’ When they started their television work at EMI the state of the television art was mechanical scanning at 30 lines and a bandwidth of 5KHz; when they finished it was 405 lines and 3 MHz.
About the speaker
Norman Green started his career at EMI Research Laboratories working on military projects including television cameras for the Black Knight rocket, pattern recognition and a universal logic element and it was here that he worked under Dr. Eric White, one of the original Issac Schoenberg design team that invented television. He then moved to the Central Research Laboratories of the Rank Organisation where he worked on diverse projects such as high speed computer printers, character generation, fibre optics and laser technology.