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Alfred J. Gross
Transcript of Alfred J. Gross
Alfred also had a major breakthrough when he successfully invented the first telephone pager system. He intended it to be used by medical doctors , but many doctors were skeptical about it.
He was born on February 22nd in 1918 in Toronto, Ontario and he died at the age of 82 in Sun City, Arizona.
He was born in Toronto to Romanian immigrants. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio is the United States. His lifelong enthusiasm for radio first started when he was 9 when he was traveling on Lake Erie by steamboat.
After The War..
Alfred formed Gross Electronics Co. and produced a two-way communications system that used the first frequencies that were for personal radio services. His company was the first to receive approval frim the FCC in 1948. 100,000+ units were sold, mostly to farmers and the U.S Coast Guard.
Later in life, he would turn the basement of his house into a radio station that was built from scavenged parts from a junkyard.
After attending a program at Cleveland's Case of Applied Studies (now part of Case Western Reserve University), he was determined to explore parts of radio communication further. Some time in between 1938 and 1941, he created his own version of the Walkie-Talkie.
During World War II, Alfred had a limited involvement in building a two-way air-to-ground communication system for the U.S OSS, which would be used for military operations.
The doctors thought that it would upset their patients or that it would interrupt them during their games of golf. This is the same kind of technology that is used in one-way radio signaling devices, such as a garage door opener
After he closed his company, he did not retire. He continued to research as a specialist in microwave technology at Sperry Corporation.
At the age of 72, he became the senior principal engineer for the Orbital Science Corporation
Alfred also went to Elementary and High Schools to give talks to students about technology and and inventions.
"If I still had the patents on my inventions, I would be as rich as Bill Gates"- Alfred Gross
Alfred didn't mind that he didn't make a ton of money, because to him the real reward was being able to continue being productive throughout his life.
He never lost his interest for exploring and expanding technology. He was always keen to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with others
He died in Sun City, Arizona on December 21st, 2000 at the age of 82. He had continued to work until his death. He has received a lot of recognition for all his work as well.