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Isaac Shoenberg

Born: 1-Mar-1880
Birthplace: Pinsk, Belarus
Died: 25-Jan-1963
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engineer, Inventor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: 405-line format television

Electrical engineer Isaac Shoenberg installed the first experimental radio stations in Russia, then emigrated to England, where he worked for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company and, later, the Columbia Graphophone Company. In 1929 he was put in charge of a group that developed stereophony in 1931, and when Columbia became Electrical and Musical Industries (EMI) he convinced his supervisors to fund a project to transmit pictures electronically. With Alan Blumlein, Shoenberg was put in charge of the project, which led to development of the "Emitron" camera, and the 405-line monochrome television broadcasting format, which became the standard in British TV broadcasts until 1964. For this he is often and fairly credited -- along with Blumlein, John Logie Baird, Allen B. DuMont, Philo Farnsworth, and Vladimir Zworykin -- as one of the primary inventors of television.

Wife: Esther Shoenberg
Son: Alexander Shoenberg ("Alec")
Son: David Shoenberg (physicist, b. 1911, d. 2004)
Daughter: Elizabeth Shoenberg (psychiatrist, b. circa 1916, d. 2005)
Son: Mark Shoenberg
Daughter: Rosalie Shoenberg Taylor (gynecologist)

    University: BS Engineering, Kiev University (1902)

    Knight of the British Empire 1962
    Electrical and Musical Industries (EMI, 1928-63)
    Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company Engineer (1914-28)
    Naturalized UK Citizen
    Belarusian Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Russian Ancestry


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