Hermon Hosmer Scott
1909 - 1975
Hermon Hosmer Scott was
born, March 28, 1909, in Somerville, Massachusetts. He received B.S.(1930) and M.S.
(1931) degrees from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Scott later earned his doctorate
from Lowell Technological Institute. In the
early 1960's, Mr. Scott served as a special Lecturer at the Tuck
School of Business Administration, at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New
Scott invented the RC Oscillator, the selectively tuned RC circuit,
various RC filters and the modern sweep circuit. He is perhaps best known for
inventing the Dynaural Noise Suppressor, and held more than
patents (U.S. and foreign) for original research in the field of electronics.
On January 6, 2000, at 2000 International CES in Las Vegas, The
Consumer Electronics Association, inducted the first fifty pioneers that
made a "significant contribution to the world," and among them was Hermon
Hosmer Scott. Scott was honored along with other significant
luminaries like: Armstrong, Edison, Farnsworth, Fisher, Harman, Kloss, Lansing, Marantz,
and Sarnoff; to mention but a few.
Please view the complete site of the charter inductees to the Consumer
Electronic Hall of Fame, for more information.
in his career, Mr. Scott worked on sound
motion pictures and high-quality broadcast systems from 1929 to 1931 at Bell Telephone Laboratories,
in New York, NY.
Scott worked for the General Radio Company,
in Cambridge, MA from 1931 to 1946, serving first as Sales Engineer/Development
Engineer and later as Executive Engineer in charge of Audio, Acoustic, Broadcast and related developments.
The Technology Instrument
Corporation, of Waltham, MA was founded by Mr. Scott, in 1946. I.T.C.'s first
product was the Type 910-A; a 13-tube, 19-inch, rack-mounted, Dynamic Noise Suppressor
marketed to commercial broadcasters and permitted stations to greatly reduce
their dependence on live performances. With Scott's new technology, stations
were now able to air much more recorded content using older 78 rpm
phonographic recordings. I.T.C was also successful in sub-licensing
the patented DNS technology to other manufacturers including Electric and
Musical Industries, Ltd., (a.k.a. EMI
-- of Beatles & Parlaphone fame) and ironically, to E.H. Scott
Radio, of Chicago, IL (note: H.H. and E.H. were not related), and also to Avery
Fisher's Fisher Radio Corporation,
of New York, NY.
On the initial success of I.T.C., H.H. Scott, Inc., was
formed in 1947, humbly situated in a rustic old shoe factory located in Cambridge, MA.
The new company expanded to build the first integrated, high fidelity, phono amplifier (210-A)
incorporating a simplified (3-tube) DNS intended for the emerging post-war
consumer market, while continuing to offer commercial "laboratory-grade"
A decade and several successful products later
(in late 1957); the company built and moved into a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and research facility, at Powder Mill Road, in Maynard, MA.
H.H. Scott, the name by which he and his firm were so widely known became one
of the top two respected names in consumer high fidelity (and later stereo), the other also
bearing its founder's name, Fisher Radio.
remained independent until 1973, when it was acquired by Electro Audio
Dynamics of Europe. US operations were later relocated to Woburn, MA, offices.
In 1985, the famous hi-fi brand was purchased and today operates as a division
of Emerson Electronics.
Hermon Hosmer Scott's
technological leadership was recognized
by election to Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
Acoustical Society of America, and Audio Engineering Society, where he served
as president in 1962, as well as a member of the AES Board of Governors.
Scott was one of the first to be presented the John H. Potts Memorial
Award by the Audio Engineering Society "for outstanding achievements
in the field of audio engineering."
Active in civic affairs, Mr. Scott was a trustee of the Boston Opera and the Boston Ballet.
Mr. Scott received numerous awards and accolades for his accomplishments
including the Distinguished Service Award
from President Kennedy's Committee on the Employment of the Physically
Hermon Hosmer Scott, died April 13,1975, in Lincoln,
Massachusetts, after a long illness at the age of 66.