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Edward G. Ramberg papers, 1935-1980

Accession: 2464-09-10.-I.


  • 1935-1980

Biographical Note

Edward G. Ramberg was born in Florence, Italy in 1907. He and his family emigrated from Italy to Munich until the end of World War I. In 1920 the family moved to his mother's family home in Portland, Oregon. In 1922 he enrolled in Reed College, but transferred to Cornell University in 1924. Following a hiatus working at Bausch and Lomb on optical computing, for two years, Ramberg finished his bachelor's degree at Cornell in 1928, and in 1930 he studied at the Ludwig Maximilions University where he received his Ph.D. in 1932. During World War II, being Quaker, he did alternative services, rather than fight in the war.

Ramberg began his employment at RCA in 1935 where he was assigned experimental work on secondary emission, pickup tubes and field electron emission. Later, he assisted in the development of the theory of thermoelectric refrigeration, vacuum tube aberrations, and a multistage electrostatic electron multiplier. He helped to construct one of the first electron microscopes in the 1940s.

As a teacher, Ramberg was a lecturer at the University of Munich in 1949, and a Fulbright lecturer at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt in 1960-1961. He coauthored a number of books, published many papers, and earned numerous awards for his work from the American Physical Society, RCA, the Society for Information Display, and the Institute of Radio Engineers.

Ramberg retired from RCA in 1972, and died in January 1995 at the age of 87.

Scope and Content

The Edward Ramberg papers consist mainly of Ramberg's technical writings, both internal and external, on electron optics, electron microscopy, television, and other topics. It also includes many of his translations of German publications on related subjects.

147 of Ramberg's lab notebooks (1935-1972) can be found in Record group 26.


The Edward G. Ramberg papers are arranged in two subseries:

A. Writings

B. General

Additional Information


From the Collection: 990 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Additional Description

Access Restrictions

This collection contains material from the Manuscripts and Archives Department (M&A) and the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department (AVD). Box prefixes indicate which department holds an individual file or item.

Boxes M&A 127-846, M&A 1061-1064, and M&A 1283-1313 are stored offsite. Please contact the Manuscripts and Archives Department at least 48 hours in advance of research visit.


The Edward G. Ramberg papers are arranged in two subseries:

A. Writings

B. General

Related Material

The American Philosophical Society holds a larger collection of Ramberg's papers, mostly relating to his political activism.

Processing Notes

Processed by David Burdash, 2014

Related Names


Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA