Loren Jones

Electronic Television Engineer, RCA Lab


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About this interview

In his two-hour Archive intervew Loren Jones (1905-1999) discusses being one of the last surviving engineers who worked with Vladimir Zworykin and David Sarnoff at RCA Laboratories on the invention and development of the electronic television. He talks about the technical aspects of television, and the outrageous experimentation that they conducted in order to broadcast a signal farther than the line of sight. He discusses helping the Soviet Union with their development of television in the 1930s, and well as his involvment with developing the "television bomb." Jones recounts the invention of, and the battles over color television. Jeff Kisseloff conducted the interview on April 18, 1997 at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ.

"I was in charge of installing television transmitters on top of the Empire State Building, which is a fascinating place in which to work. My office was on the eighty-fifth floor - that's the highest office in the world, but it didn't affect my salary at all. I was putting the antennae on the very tip top, which was nothing but a flat sheet of stainless steel when we first went up there, which you entered by means of a trap door. The trick was not to get blown off."

Highlights
Loren Jones on early experimental television broadcasts in the 1930s, who could see them, and the programming
04:05
Loren Jones on going to work for RCA and working for David Sarnoff
01:58
Loren Jones on the early mechanical television system
04:07
Loren Jones on developing the "television bomb"
04:19
Loren Jones on going to the Soviet Union the help develop their television system
03:58
Loren Jones on the last time he flew an airplane
00:34
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and early interest and experimentation with radio; on his education and his first job with General Electric; on the early mechanical television system
15:30
On going to work for RCA and working for David Sarnoff; on the early television development team at RCA, headed by David Sarnoff and including Vladimir Zworykin
11:51

Chapter 2

On Vladimir Zworykin's experiments with acupuncture and other inventions including computers and cars; on Vladimir Zworykin's experiments with the remote control and on Zworykin's relationship with Albert Einstein; on Vladimir Zworykin and David Sarnoff's early vision of what television would be
06:34
On working on the development of television transmitters, and on installing equipment on top of the Empire State Building; on early experimental television broadcasts in the 1930, who could see them, and the programming
08:25
On scientist Edward Armstrong's role in the development of television, and his patent feud with David Sarnoff; on the feeling about the future of television in the RCA Lab in the 1930s; on using balloons to test television transmission signals and on going to the Soviet Union to help with their development of television
13:03

Chapter 3

On being sent to the Soviet Union to help with their development of television, and being followed by the KGB; on visiting Vladimir Zworykin's sister in the Soviet Union; on America's interest in helping the Soviet Union set up its television system
07:58
On RCA's television exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair; on the first television set he owned and on the early development of color television
07:00
On developing the "television bomb" and on having been privy to the development on the atom bomb; on the development of color television and the battle over it
07:26
On the slow progress of research on television transmission in the 1930s, and on the hurdles in developing a television system including the "light problem"; on being in charge of the new products division of RCA after World War II
05:59

Chapter 4

On Robert Sarnoff, David Sarnoff, and Vladimir Zworykin; on various scientists involved with the development of television; on the last time he flew an airplane
16:48
On b-roll pictures from his career- receiving signals from the Empire State Building in New Jersey; experimental General Electric transmitter in Schenectady, New York; in Moscow; the Shukhov Tower in Moscow; television transmitting station in Moscow; World War I era biplane
07:05
Topics

1939-40 World's Fair

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Loren Jones on RCA's television exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair
01:25

Historic Events and Social Change

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Loren Jones on RCA's television exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair
01:25
Loren Jones on having been privy to the development on the atom bomb
01:12

Technological Innovation

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Loren Jones on the early mechanical television system
04:07
Loren Jones on the early television development team at RCA, headed by David Sarnoff and including Vladimir Zworykin
09:53
Loren Jones on working on the development of television transmitters, and on installing equipment on top of the Empire State Building
04:20
Loren Jones on early experimental television broadcasts in the 1930, who could see them, and the programming
04:05
Loren Jones on scientist Edward Armstrong's role in the development of television, and his patent feud with David Sarnoff
05:40
Loren Jones on the feeling about the future of television in the RCA Lab in the 1930s
01:41
Loren Jones on using balloons to test television transmission signals
01:44
Loren Jones on going to the Soviet Union the help develop their television system
03:58
Loren Jones on being sent to the Soviet Union to help with their development of television, and being followed by the KGB
04:53
Loren Jones on America's interest in helping the Soviet Union set up its television system
01:37
Loren Jones on transmitting RCA's first broadcast service W2XBS
02:32
Loren Jones on the first television set he owned and on the early development of color television
03:02
Loren Jones on developing the "television bomb"
04:19
Loren Jones on the development of color television and the battle over it
01:56
Loren Jones on the slow progress of research on television transmission in the 1930s, and on the hurdles in developing a television system including the "light problem"
02:46
Loren Jones on being in charge of the new products division of RCA after World War II
02:12
Loren Jones on various scientists involved with the development of television
11:37
Loren Jones on various scientists involved with the development of television
00:44

War

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Loren Jones on having been privy to the development on the atom bomb
01:12

World War II

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Loren Jones on having been privy to the development on the atom bomb
01:11
People

Albert Einstein

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Loren Jones on Vladimir Zworykin's experiments with the remote control and on Zworykin's relationship with Albert Einstein
01:19

David Sarnoff

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Loren Jones on the early television development team at RCA, headed by David Sarnoff and including Vladimir Zworykin
09:53
Loren Jones on Vladimir Zworykin and David Sarnoff's early vision of what television would be
01:13
Loren Jones on scientist Edward Armstrong's role in the development of television, and his patent feud with David Sarnoff
05:40
Loren Jones on Robert Sarnoff, David Sarnoff, and Vladimir Zworykin
03:51

Robert Sarnoff

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Loren Jones on Robert Sarnoff, David Sarnoff, and Vladimir Zworykin
03:51

Vladimir Zworykin

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Loren Jones on the early television development team at RCA, headed by David Sarnoff and including Vladimir Zworykin
09:53
Loren Jones on Vladimir Zworykin's experiments with acupuncture and other inventions including computers and cars
04:05
Loren Jones on Vladimir Zworykin's experiments with the remote control and on Zworykin's friendship with Albert Einstein
01:19
Loren Jones on Vladimir Zworykin and David Sarnoff's early vision of what television would be
01:13
Loren Jones on visiting Vladimir Zworykin's sister in the Soviet Union
01:28
Loren Jones on Robert Sarnoff, David Sarnoff, and Vladimir Zworykin
03:51

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