Oral-History:Eugene O'Neill


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About Eugene O'Neill

O’Neill received his bachelors in engineering in 1940 and his masters of electrical engineering in 1941, both from Columbia University. He then worked at Bell Labs for the rest of his career. During World War II he worked on airborne radar systems. After the war he worked on the L-3 coaxial system until the early 1950s. He then worked on microwave radio systems; transoceanic submarine cables in the mid 1950s the time-assignment speech interpolation termina system (TASI) in the late 1950s, which increased capacity by using high-speed switching to use a channel only when a person is talking; and the Telstar project, an early communications satellite, in the early 1960s. Then as executive director in charge of all long-distance transmission systems, he developed the production version of short-haul digital transmission in metropolitan areas. He also developed the L-4 and L-5 coaxial systems, and the single sideband system. He is most satisfied with his work on TASI, followed by his work on metropolitan digital terminals. Telstar was nice, but he was too busy administering, too far from the actual research, to feel as much satisfaction about that.

About the Interview

EUGENE O’NEILL: An Interview Conducted by David Hochfelder,  IEEE History Center, 9 July 2001

Interview # 415 for the IEEE History Center, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

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Eugene O’Neill, an oral history conducted in 2001 by David Hochfelder, IEEE History Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.


Interview: Eugene O’Neill
Interviewer: David Hochfelder
Date: 9 July 2001
Place: Middletown, New Jersey