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Peter Carl Goldmark
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    (December 2, 1906-December 7, 1977)
    Born in Budapest, Hungary
    Engineer for CBS Laboratories
    Developed the microgroove long-playing 33 rpm phonograph record (1948)
    Developed early versions of color television (1940) and the video recorder (1967)
    Received the National Medal of Science (1977)
    Died in an auto accident in Westchester County, New York
    He divorced his first wife and married his secretary.
    His color TV system, using a rotating color wheel, was incompatible with existing black and white TV sets, dooming it commercially.
    He foresaw that lasers could be used to read digitally stored music, but predicted it would never be commercially viable.
    He was also a talented musician who played the cello.
    Instead of receiving royalties for inventing the LP, he asked for a copy of each album that Columbia Records released.
    He modified his color wheel TV system to create the TV cameras that NASA used to transmit the Apollo moon landings.
    A colleague said he had 'more ideas in a day than most others have in a lifetime.'

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