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John H. Reisner, Jr., received a B.S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Davidson College in 1939. He pursued his graduate study in Physics at the University of Virginia, receiving an M.S. in 1941 and a Ph.D. in 1943. In 1943, he joined RCA, Camden, NJ, where he worked on crystallography and quartz resonators. In 1945, he transferred to the Scientific Instruments Section of RCA to work on electron optical instrumentation, and in 1948 he was appointed leader of the research and advanced development group. In this position, he supervised and actively participated in the development of five generations of electron microscope prototypes, which were the forerunners of over 1300 commercial instruments. In 1971, he transferred to RCA Laboratories at Princeton, NJ, to work on electron-beam recording of VideoDisc masters. This project was brought to a successful conclusion with real-time recording and one-hour playing time in 1977. He then turned to the development of improved electromechanical recording devices and techniques for recording, which has continued to the present. For contributions to the VideoDisc program, he has received three RCA Achievement Awards.
In 1980, he was appointed a Fellow of the Technical Staff. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the AAAS. He is a past president of the Electron Microscopy Society of America and a member of Phi Beta Kappa Sigma Xi, Sigma Pi Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Raven Society of the University of Virginia.
- RCA 1982 Company Biography
John H. Reisner, Jr. passed away on June 17, 1998 in Haddonfield, New Jersey at the age of 80.
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