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Michael J. Lurie papers, 1968-2000

Accession: 2464-09-21.


  • 1968-2000

Biographical Note

Michael J. Lurie was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1938. He earned a B.S. in physics from Brooklyn College in 1959, an M.S. in physics from Rutgers University in 1961, and a D. Eng. Sci. from Newark College of Engineering in 1967. While teaching electrical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (formerly Newark College), Lurie consulted for RCA Astro-Electronics on the use of TV circuits for the TIROS weather satellite. A short time later, RCA hired Lurie permanently to do research on noise in holographic systems at the David Sarnoff Research Center (DSRC). Lurie’s work encompassed optical, electronic, and computer-controlled systems, leading to his promotion to Project Leader for the development of lasers used for testing VideoDiscs. After DSRC became the Sarnoff Corporation, Lurie’s work focused on CCD cameras and advanced monitor displays.

Lurie received three RCA Outstanding Achievement Awards and was instrumental in developing the computer-controlled TV camera that won an Emmy for technical excellence. He is a member of the Optical Society of America, IEEE, and Eta Kappa Nu, and holds nine patents. Lurie retired from the Sarnoff Corporation sometime after 2000.

Scope and Content

The Michael J. Lurie papers are composed of presentation materials, notes, articles, photographs, slides, and correspondence related to Lurie’s work on projects related to optics, including optical readers for VideoDisc, cameras, and advanced monitor displays.

Nine of Lurie's lab notebooks (1969-1987) can be found in Record group 26.

General Physical Description (AVD portion only)

(AVD portion only) 123 photographic slides : color ; 35 mm. 8 photographic negatives : b&w ; 35 mm. 38 photographic negatives : b&w ; 3 x 5 in. 14 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in. 31 photographic prints : color ; 3 x 5 in. 42 holotape films : 12mm. 1 videocassette (Digital Betacam). TRT 00:05:00 1 reel (200 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16mm. 131 glass plate slides : color ; 3 x 5 in.


Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.

Additional Information


From the Collection: 990 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Additional Description

Access Restrictions

Records subject to 25-year time seal.


Folders arranged alphabetically by subject.

Processing Notes

Processed by Rachael A. Beyer, 2014.

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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA