Honorary Membership Conferred in 2012

Charles E. Anderson

In recognition of his many decades of pioneering engineering work in the television industry, including his key contributions to the invention of the first practical broadcast grade videotape recorder.

Anderson died July 12, 2012, in Sparks, Nevada. He was 88. Anderson was a SMPTE Life Fellow and a former SMPTE president, elected in 1981; he also served 4 terms as SMPTE Regional Governor. Anderson is most remembered for helping to develop the world’s first successful videotape recorder.

Anderson initially pursued a career in broadcast engineering and then joined Ampex Corp. in 1954. There he was assigned to a small group tasked with developing a videotape recorder. The six-man team succeeded in producing broadcast-quality video recordings in early 1956. Anderson is credited with helping to overcome a major impasse in achieving satisfactory recordings by introducing frequency modulation technology into the recording process.

In 2005, Anderson and surviving videotape recorder team members were awarded the National Television Academy’s Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering, in recognition of their achievement.


SMPTE Honorary Members

John L.E. Baldwin
Stanley N. Baron
Dr. Ian Childs
LeRoy E. De Marsh
Ray M. Dolby
Joseph A. Flaherty
Stefan Kudelski
Masahiko Morizono
Frederick M. Remley, Jr.
Michael J. Sherlock
Robert M. Smith
William H. Smith
Roland J. Zavada


The SMPTE Honor Roll

Victor H. Allen
Charles E. Anderson
Thomas Armat
Julius Barnathan
K. Blair Benson
Walter Bruch
Marvin C. Camras
John C. Capstaff
Theodore W. Case
George W. Colburn
J.S. Courtney-Pratt
John I. Crabtree
Edward B. Craft
Andre Debrie
Lee de Forest
Herman A. DeVry
William K. L. Dickson
Walt Disney
Linwood G. Dunn
George Eastman
Harold E. Edgarton
Thomas Alva Edison
Elmer W. Engstron
Alexander Ernemann
Ralph M. Evans
Philo T. Farnsworth
Harvey Fletcher
John G. Frayne
William Friese-Greene
Leon Gaumont
Charles P. Ginsberg
Peter C. Goldmark
Alfred N. Goldsmith
Wesley T. Hanson, Jr.
A.S. Howell
Frederick Eugene Ives
C. Francis Jenkins
Herbert T. Kalmus
Edward W. Kellogg
Eugene Augustin Lauste
Louis A. A. LePrince
Jean Acme LeRoy
Louis Lumiere
Kenneth M. Mason
John A. Maurer
C.E. Kenneth Mees
Pierre Mertz
Oskar Messter
George A. Mitchell
Albert Narath
Robert W. Paul
Edwin Stanton Porter
Kerns H. Powers
A. Reeves
Frank H. Richardson
Robert Richter
Rodger J. Ross
Loren L. Ryder
Max Skladanowsky
Sidny P. Solow
Earl I. Sponable
Kenjiro Takayanagi
Lloyd Thompson
Alesanders F. Victor
Samuel L. Warner
William T. Wintringham
Vladimir K. Zworkyin