AWARDS GIVEN TO FRED PFOST FOR ACHIEVMENTS ( 650 967 4679 These first seven awards were given in recognition for projects that he did while at The Ampex Corporation in Redwood City, CA. 1. 1957 Emmy for the development in 1956 of the World's first commercially successful Video Tape Recorder 2. 1976 Certificate of Appreciation from the National Association of Broadcasters for the VTR development 3. 1981 Alex M. Poniatoff Award of Excellence 4. 1981 Video Hall of Fame 5. 1981 Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame mention 6. 1986 SMPTE award for the VTR development 7. 1986 Letter of commendation from President Ronald Reagan for the development of the Video Tape Recorder 8. 1990 Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame Most of the following awards, were given for his activities in the 40 years after he left Ampex in 1962 and did consulting for 25 companies. 9. 1966 Emmy for the Instant Replay - Stop Action Disc Recorder developed for the MVR Corporation 10. 1985 Honorary lifetime membership in P A S (Peninsula Astronomical Society) 11. 1988 Beckman Golden Tool Award for the Biomek 1000 12. 1990 Beckman Inventors Hall of Fame 13. 1998 Fellow award of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers)for lifetime achievements 14. 1952 – 2003 Fifty issued U S patents and hundreds of foreign patents He received no award for his development of the hard disc data recorder system he developed in 1963 for the Data Disc Corporation of Mt. View which later sold a license to I B M for its use in computers. At I B M the system was given the name "Winchester Disk". Today, that system is used in almost every computer in the world. 15. 1994 Boise High School (Idaho) Hall of Fame Last, but not the least! 16. 2005 EMMY For Lifetime Achievement ( Type “Fred.Pfost” into GOOGLE to read about other activities)

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2004 - 2005 TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING EMMY AWARDS (Inscription on the EMMY) Lifetime Achievement Award


In recognition for a career of technical innovation that included the creation of the premier innovation in the television industry: the invention of the Videotape Recorder in 1956. This enabled the communications and media revolution that is still continuing today. The results of this genius serve as the basis for VCRs, TiVos and digital media.

Presented by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on September 29, 2005.