George Hecht graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts in 1930 in electrical engineering, while working at Bell Labs at night. Hecht went to work at 16 as a messenger for Bell Labs in lower Manhattan. He joined the technical staff after graduating from Cooper Union, did research on quartz crystals and helped produce Bell's first crystal used in radio broadcasting.
By the time he left Bell Labs in 1959, he held 16 patents for crystals, tuning forks, and electronic switchers. He was also a partner in Romero Metals Products in Long Island City, which manufactured equipment for tire and rubber companies. He sold the company in 1986 after the death of his partner.
Hecht died on March 9th, 1998.