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Alumni Hall of Fame
Robert A. Moog '52

Distinguished engineer and inventor Robert Moog was best known for his invention of the Moog Synthesizer, a pioneer in the technological development of the music industry. During his teenage years, Moog worked with his father to develop homemade theremin kits through mail order. He reinvested the money he earned from these theremin sales into new inventions. After earning his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University and his Ph.D in engineering physics from Cornell University, Moog designed an analog synthesizer to replace the outdated 1955 edition designed by the RCA Corporation. His newer version used patch cords to produce different tones. The Moog Synthesizer was embraced by rock music during the 1960s, as it allowed for a modern sound while still being inexpensive.



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