IEEE History Center: Alexander Magoun
Alex has his BA in History from Trinity College (CT), his MA in History from the University of East Anglia, and his PhD in American History from the University of Maryland, where he studied with noted historian of technology Robert Friedel, the founding director of the IEEE History Center. Alex is an expert on the history of television, was the director of the revived David Sarnoff Library, and most recently has been working as a consulting historian. He is the author of David Sarnoff Research Center: RCA Labs to Sarnoff Corporation (2003) and Television: The Life Story of a Technology (2009). He has a wide range of experience in the public history of technology relevant to IEEE's historical activities, including organizing archives, launching a Web site, hosting documentarians, conducting oral histories, fundraising, and developing school programs. Alex also has direct knowledge of and experience with IEEE, having served on the IEEE History Committee, consulted for the IEEE History Center, and — while at Sarnoff — received a grant from the IEEE Foundation.