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Leon Theremin

Born: Aug 15, 1896

Death: Nov 3, 1993

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Leon Theremin

Date of Birth : Aug 15, 1896
Date of Death : Nov 3, 1993
Birth Place : Saint Petersburg

Lev Sergeyevich Termen, or Leon Theremin in the United States, was a Russian and Soviet inventor, most famous for his invention of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments and the first to be mass produced. He also devised the interlace technique for improving the quality of a video signal, still widely used in video and television technology. His listening device, "The Thing", hung for seven years in plain view in the United States Ambassador's Moscow office and enabled Soviet agents to eavesdrop on secret conversations. It is considered a predecessor of RFID technology.


  • Musician
  • Inventor

Also known as

  • Lev Sergeyevich Termen
  • Leon Theremin


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  • Maria Guschina
  • Katia Pavlovna Konstantinova


  • Lena Theremin
  • Natalia Theremin
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