The Sarnoff Collection at The College of New Jersey is pleased to announce the inauguration of a lecture series highlighting the innovative legacies of the Radio Corporation of America. The fall’s first lecture, on October 29, is co-sponsored by TCNJ’s School of Business. Margaret B.W. Graham, Associate Professor in McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, will discuss The Business of Research at RCA: A 21st-Century Reflection on Industrial R&D in the Age of Big Science. Professor Graham is a leading scholar of the history of industrial research. She has written case studies on innovation at Alcoa, Xerox, and Corning, as well as a landmark book on the development of the videodisc at RCA.
On November 12, the School of Science will co-sponsor a talk by David Brock, Senior Research Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation on RCA and the Early History of Microcircuitry. Brock is a historian of science and technology who specializes in the history of the semiconductor industry, the history of instrumentation, and oral history. His most recent publications are Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor from Startup to Integrated Circuit, co-written with Christophe Lécuyer, MIT Press, 2010, and Understanding Moore’s Law: Four Decades of Innovation, Chemical Heritage Press, 2006, which he edited and to which he contributed.
The Sarnoff Innovation Lectures are all open to the public free of charge. The intent of the series is to invite speakers from different backgrounds to explore the ongoing relevance of RCA’s accomplishments. All talks will begin at 5:00 PM in Roscoe West Hall, Room 201 and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.
The Sarnoff Collection is named in honor of David Sarnoff, chairman of RCA, founder of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and internationally renowned leader in radio and television. Its inaugural exhibition Innovations that Changed the World: An Introduction to the David Sarnoff Collection, traces the history of telecommunications from the invention of radio to the dawn of information age using objects drawn from TCNJ’s collection. Regular open hours are Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Sundays 1:00-3:00 p.m., and by appointment.