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Kieshauer, Frederick

Frederick W. Kieshauer graduated from Lehigh with honors and a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1952. In his early career with Sylvania Electric Company, he helped develop the technology that made color television broadcasting signals possible.

Immediately after being hired to Sylvania Electric Company in 1952, Kieshauer was placed in their Advanced Development Department in Buffalo, NY, where the company was initiating development and production of color TV sets. He was given the responsibility of establishing a "Gold" room which would produce and distribute color TV signals for the lab and production test facilities. Within a year of Kieshauer's assignment, Sylvania announced their production of color receivers available for sale.

With no color broadcasting yet available, the Advanced Development Department set priorities for color broadcasting methods which quickly presented a new set of problems. Unlike amplitude modulated black and white signals, which could be transmitted via microwave linkage and easily received and locked in at any receiving location, the frequency modulated color signal required new technology. The group tackled this problem and finally designed a unit they called a "Quadranture Encoder Modulator" which solved the problem and was adopted into the industry.

Sylvania was not interested in patenting this process and gave Kieshauer and his colleague, Frank Fleming, the authorization to capitalize on the design. As a result the pair formed K & F Co. early in 1954 and quickly called CBS in New York who immediately gave them an order to produce and deliver large rack units to their office. Kieshauer and Fleming continued with the order, manufactured the units, delivered and installed them. CBS went coast to coast with color programming shortly thereafter. As a result Fleming joined CBS and later started his own electronic services firm, whereas Kieshauer moved to Pittsburgh.

Kieshauer married Tess, the head nurse from Sylvania, and spent 31 years in Pittsburgh managing the Specialty Steel Corp. lamination stamping facility serving the transformer and motor industry. He has now been retired for 21 years and resides in North Myrtle Beach with his wife. The couple has four grown daughters.

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Frederick W. Kieshauer

Birth: May 9, 1930

Birthplace: Jamestown, NY

Degree: BS electrical engineering

Graduation: 1952

Notable Achievement: Developed color TV broadcasting technology