Charles (Károly) Eisler (1884–1973) was born in Hungary, studied and worked in Germany, and arrived in New York in 1904. He returned to Hungary in 1912, but came back to the United States in 1914.
When Westinghouse bought the small company that Eisler worked for, he lost his job—and gained an understanding of how the big electrical companies (General Electric, Westinghouse, and RCA) squeezed out smaller competitors. He started Eisler Engineering in Newark, New Jersey, in 1920, in part to buck that monopoly.
Eisler’s successful company manufactured equipment for producing all kinds of light bulbs, television and radio tubes, welding equipment, and laboratory apparatus.
The foreword to the 1924 incandescent lamp-making machinery catalog states, “Mr. Chas. Eisler, Chief of Staff, has designed, developed and constructed more Automatic Lamp Machinery than any other individual.”
Eisler was active in the Newark, New Jersey, Hungarian community. He donated equipment, clothes, and money to a variety of organizations that assisted Hungarians in the United States and in Hungary.
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