Glenn Dimmick


Glenn Dimmick
Macon, MO, USA
Associated organizations
Fields of study
Sound recording


Glenn L. Dimmick was born in Macon, Missouri, on 7 December 1905. He received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1928. After graduating college, Dimmick joined General Electric Company was an Engineer on talking motion-picture equipment. In 1930, he was transferred to the RCA Victor Plant in Camden, New Jersey., as a Development Engineer in the field of sound recording.

Dimmick spent two decades, from 1928 to 1948, in the fields of sound recording, infrared, telephony, monochrome and color television, and high-vacuum evaporation. This work resulted in improved photographic recording methods, optics for sound recording, infrared detection, television, sound powered telephones, recording galvanometers, and magnetic recording devices. In 1948, he was made a Group Manager, and in 1953 he became Section Manager of the Optics, Sound, and Special Engineering Section of RCA, working on television and other electronic equipment. Early in 1955, Dimmick was appointed Manager of the General Engineering Development Section of Defense Electronic Products. The following year (1956) he was made Chief Development Engineer, General Engineering Development Section, and in 1957, he became Chief Development Engineer of the Special Systems and Development Department. In 1962, he was on the staff of the Chief Engineer of the Surface Communications Division, Defense Electronic Projects.

Dimmick was a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Prior to 1962, Dimmick's awards included the AMPTE Progress Medal Award, in 1941; the RCA Victor Award of Merit, in 1949; the Award of Merit for outstanding achievement presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, in 1952; and the Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering, in 1954.