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Robert C. Sprague

Born: Aug 2, 1900

Death: Jan 1, 1991

Birthplace: New York

Nationality: United States

Robert C. Sprague

Date of Birth : Aug 2, 1900
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1991
Birth Place : New York

Robert C. Sprague was the son of Frank J. Sprague Jr and Harriet Sprague. Sprague founded Sprague Electric, Quincy, MA in 1926, and served as president from 1926-1953 and chief executive from 1953-1971. He invented the tone control for radio and the paper capacitor that launched his business. Sprague was appointed by President Eisenhower to serve as Undersecretary to the Air Force in 1953. He accepted then rejected the position due to financial difficulties. Sprague Electric was an electronic component maker and was best known for making a large line of capacitors used in a wide variety of electrical and electronic in commercial, industrial and military/space applications. Other products include resistive components, magnetic components, filter assemblies, semiconductors and integrated circuits. Sprague had one brother, Julian Sprague, who assisted in company operations. Sprague capacitor products were bought and absorbed by Vishay in the early 1993.

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