The fascinating story of the man who invented stereo (and pioneered TV and radar too)

Rich Trenholm writes:

When you're rocking out to your favourite music, or surround sound has slapped you in the heart of your favourite movie, you know how important stereo sound is. And it's all thanks to Alan Blumlein, the 20th-century pioneer of various technologies who was inspired to invent stereo after a trip to the movies.

Blumlein was honoured Wednesday by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and record company EMI, where he worked for much of his life. Blumlein's son Simon and grandson, also named Alan, attended the unveiling of the plaque at Abbey Road Studios in St John's Wood, North London, where Blumlein oversaw one of the earliest stereo recordings.

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