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Robert A. Bartolini papers, 1960-1990

Accession: 2464-09Identifier: 2464-09-11.-I.


  • Creation: 1960-1990

Biographical Note

Dr. Robert A. Bartolini's educational background includes a BSEE (1964) from Villanova University, a MSEE (1966) from Case Institute of Technology, and a PhD (1972) from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the RCA Laboratories in 1966, he was a teaching assistant on the faculty of Case Institute of Technology.

During his R&D days at RCA Dr. Bartolini was involved in optical systems development. He made major technical contributions to the field of optoelectronics including optical memory applications. His work included development of materials and systems for high density data storage applications using semiconductor diode lasers and holography. He was also Project Scientist under a government contract for studies of optical recording materials. Much of this work is now embodied in present day products such as DVDs, CD-ROMs and smart credit cards.

Dr. Bartolini advanced through a series of research and management positions and in 2005 retired from the Sarnoff Corporation as Senior Vice-President with responsibility for Sarnoff's Commercial and International Business Operations. He also served on the Board of Directors of several Sarnoff spin-off ventures and wholly owned subsidiaries.

During his career, he received numerous professional honors and awards. In 1986, he was the recipient of RCA's highest technical honor, the David Sarnoff Medal. In 2002 he was awarded Villanova University's College of Engineering highest honor, the J. Stanley Morehouse Memorial Award, for his many significant achievements in technology development and business leadership. He has been granted 22 U.S. Patents and published or presented over 100 technical papers.

Dr. Bartolini, a native of Waterbury, CT, is a Fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Optical Society of America. He is listed in American Men and Women of Science. He also served local government, in various positions, for over 30 years. He is married, has three daughters and is a resident of West Windsor, New Jersey.

Scope and Content

The Robert A. Bartolini papers are related to RCA's and the Sarnoff Corporation's research and development of optical and laser recording and storage technology. The materials include technical reports, research papers, operating system proposals, published articles covering optical recording, and photographic materials. In addition in contains folders on meetings and symposiums, presentations by and correspondence with Dr. Bartolini.

Eight of Bartolini's lab notebooks (1957-1983) can be found in Record group 26.


Files are arranged alphabetically.


From the Collection: 990 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Additional Description

Access Restrictions

Records subject to 25-year time seal.


Files are arranged alphabetically.

Processing Notes

Processed by Rainer Naus, 2014.

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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA