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Babits, Victor, 1900-1982



  • Existence: 1900-1982
  • Existence: 1900 - 1982


Victor Babits was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1900, to parents Julias and Julia Babits. After attending public schools, he entered the University of Technical Sciences in Budapest in 1918. In 1923, he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree, and in 1931, he received his Doctor of Science degree. He taught and conducted research at the Institute of Engineering Physics at the University of Technical Sciences in Budapest from 1922 to 1947, where he first met his wife, Maria Hargita, in 1931. In 1947 Victor received an appointment to a faculty position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY as a professor of electrical engineering, a position which he held for thirteen years. Victor’s research was in the areas of television, radio, vacuum tubes, and electronics, and he published over sixty papers on these subjects. He invented early television and electronic systems as well, including a color television system in 1937, a modulated microwave generator in 1938, and a range finding radar system for Hungary in 1939. In 1960, Victor resigned from Rensselaer to accept a position as Chief of Applied Research at General Dynamics/Convair in San Diego, CA. He worked at GD Convair for five years, before leaving to become Vice President of Research and Development at Marshall Laboratories, in La Jolla, CA. He worked there for two years, and then retired in 1967. He died in 1982.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Victor and Mary Babits papers

 Collection — 1 folder
Identifier: MC 78
Abstract This collection contains correspondence, personal papers, publications, and photographs documenting Victor A. Babits' professional activites as an inventor, researcher, and education. The papers document his contribution to the development of television, color analysis, and other fields overlapping electronics and optics. The papers also include correspondence and memoirs written by Babits' wife, Mary. The material ranges from the late 1880's to the 1980's, with the bulk of the documentation...
Dates: Created: 1880-1989; Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1988