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Martin L. Levene papers, 1954-2003

Accession: 2464-76Identifier: 2464-76-III.

Part of collection: RCA Camden records (2464-76)


  • Creation: 1954-2003

Biographical Note

Martin L. Levene received a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1954, he joined RCA (later GE Aerospace) in Camden where he held engineering and managerial positions. Levene's research included computer memory, video and film recording, and electrostatic printing. However, he was probably best known for his contributions to the development of optical recording for aerospace applications. He also led the team that developed the Lunar Communications Relay Unit (LCRU) optical sight for NASA's moon rover. Levene received RCA's David Sarnoff Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in 1982 and was awarded twelve patents during his career. He retired from GE Aerospace in 1991 and became an independent consultant.

Scope and Content

The Martin L. Levene papers include reports, proposals, publications, and notes documenting his research work. Of particular note is the material relating to the Lunar Communications Relay Unit (LCRU) optical sight first used in the Apollo 15 mission. When Levene donated the collection in 2003, he added annotations and other contextual information to many of the documents.


Files are arranged alphabetically.


From the Collection: 6.5 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.

Films and negatives are housed in cold storage and must reacclimate prior to viewing (Film Cans 1-15 and Box AVD-NG1). Please contact the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department at least 48 hours in advance of research visit.

Records subject to 25-year time seal.


Files are arranged alphabetically.


Donated by Martin L. Levene to the David Sarnoff Library in 2003.

Processing Notes

Processed by Daniel Michelson and David Burdash, 2014-2015.

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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA