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Paul Gustavus Adolphus Helmuth Voigt

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Paul G. A. H. Voigt (1902-1981), inventor, particularly known for his work on loudspeakers.

1902 Born in Camberwell, son of Paul Gustavus Adolphus Voigt, an agent[1] for millinery goods, and his wife Emmy[2]

1922 Took out the first of around 30 patents on wireless telegraphy, reception, amplification, sound detection, microphones, loudspeakers, magnets, etc.

1928 Engaged in research work when he married Ida Florence May Munn in Lewisham.

Continued working on electric recording devices, monitoring loudspeakers, etc to 1950

1981 February 9th. Died in Brighton, Ontario, Canada.

1981 Obituary.[3]

Paul G. A. H. Voigt. a well-known personality in British audio in the '20s and '30s, and an honorary member of the AES since 1974, died at his home in Brighton, Ontario, on February 9, at age 79.

He was educated at Dulwich College and University College, London, receiving a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in 1922. His first technical article, on the use of a bright emitter vacuum tube in a reflex circuit to amplify both rf and af, was published in the Wireless World in 1920 while he was still a student.

After graduation he joined J. E. Hough, Ltd., Edison Bell Works, primarily to develop the radio side of the business. However, he soon became convinced that better records would result if the recording wave could be engraved with the same accuracy with which the (then) British Broadcasting Company modulated its carrier wave. He went ahead to design and develop recording cutters, microphones, amplifiers, transmitters, pickups and loudspeakers. Under his agreement with the company, he remained the owner of the 19 patents which he received on his ideas.....[much more]

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Sources of Information

  1. Marriage record
  2. 1911 census
  3. [1] Audio Engineering Society