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Semi Joseph Begun

Born: Dec 2, 1905

Death: Jan 5, 1995

Birthplace: GdaA„sk

Nationality: Germany

Semi Joseph Begun

Date of Birth : Dec 2, 1905
Date of Death : Jan 5, 1995
Birth Place : GdaA„sk

Semi Joseph Begun, usually referred to as S. Joseph Begun, was a German-American engineer and inventor. In 1943 Begun was Vice President of Research for Brush Development Company, Cleveland, Ohio. Brush’s main business was the production of piezoelectric phonograph pickups, the least expensive and most widely used pickup of the late 1930s. They also, however, produced in cooperation with Western Electric the magnetic tape sound recorders. These used hardened steel tape as the recording medium. Another product they manufactured were known as "wire recorders." These used stainless steel wire, with a composition similar to high carbon high chromium cutlery steel, which is ferromagnetic, as the recording medium. The recording head was a split ring, with the wire running in a groove in the head, quite similar to the heads used today. High frequency AC bias was used to linearize the recording. The ferritic stainless steel was quite strong. Diamond dies were required to draw it into wire. Dr. Begun obtained a contract from the National Defense Research Council to perform research and development on a substitute for the stainless steel wire.

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