Begun, S. Joseph
National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
21 cu. ft. : 46 boxes.
Born in Poland, Semi Joseph Begun was a pioneer in magnetic recording. He earned an M.S. in Engineering in 1929 and a doctorate in 1933 from the Institute of Berlin for work related to magnetic recording. While working for Schuchhardt A.G. he designed the first commercially successful magnetic recorder. He worked in the field of magnetic recording for his entire career, both before and after emigrating to the United States. He wrote the first textbook on the subject in 1949. He founded the Society for Prevention of Violence in 1983 after retiring. The papers document Begun’s professional career in the field of magnetic recording.