View source for RCA Laboratories at Princeton, New Jersey ← RCA Laboratories at Princeton, New Jersey You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Users. You can view and copy the source of this page. Research laboratories, from the time of [[Thomas Alva Edison|Thomas Edison’s]] [[Thomas Edison at Menlo Park|“invention factory” at Menlo Park]] to the present day, have been the driving force behind progress in electrical engineering. One of the longest-lived and most important corporate research laboratories in the electrical engineering field began its life in late 1942 in Princeton, New Jersey. That year, the leaders of the Radio Corporation of America decided to concentrate their research and development activities in a new facility built near Princeton University. The location was close to RCA’s main manufacturing facilities at Camden and Harrison, New Jersey, and its corporate headquarters in New York City. Launched in the midst of World War II, the RCA Laboratories staff naturally turned to war-related work almost immediately. Over the next few years, engineers developed improved [[Radar|radar]] antennas, [[Radar during World War II|radar-jamming systems]], and acoustical depth charges to [[Submarines and the War Beneath the Waves|combat enemy submarines]], all the while continuing to improve their newly developed system of electronic television. After the war, RCA was able to attract government funding for military research and development, and also to invest more of the company’s own profits back into basic research. The research staff in the 1950s, now about double its wartime size, led in the development of a variety of new technologies such as [[Television|color television]], [[Phonograph|high-fidelity phonographs]] and [[Cassette Tapes|tape recorders]], [[Transistors|transistors]], [[Laser|lasers]], computers, integrated circuits, advanced [[Electron (or Vacuum) Tubes|vacuum tubes]], and one of the first commercial videodisc players. The facility was renamed the David Sarnoff Laboratories in 1951 to honor the founder of RCA. After RCA was purchased by the [[General Electric (GE)|General Electric Corporation]] in 1986, Sarnoff Laboratories was renamed Sarnoff Corporation and became a subsidiary to SRI International, the non-profit company that was once the research institute of Stanford University in California. [[Category:Radar]] [[Category:Computing_and_electronics]] [[Category:Consumer_electronics]] [[Category:Electronic_equipment_manufacture]] [[Category:Energy]] [[Category:Environment]] [[Category:People_and_organizations]] [[Category:Research_and_development_labs]] Return to RCA Laboratories at Princeton, New Jersey. Retrieved from "https://ethw.org/RCA_Laboratories_at_Princeton,_New_Jersey"