Worthy of ranking with Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner and Thomas Edison
The Audio Engineering Society posthumously awarded this certificate to Alan Dower Blumlein on the 2nd March 1978. In recognition of his remarkable work on telecommunications at the beginning of his career and for the invention of Stereo on the 14th December 1931 when Alan was just 28 years old.
British Genius, Inventor & War Hero
Alan Dower Blumlein was a British genius electronics engineer and inventor. At age 38 on the 7th June 1942, Blumlein’s life was cut short during a war time accident.
Alan Dower Blumlein filed 128 patents, across a range of fields, most notably the invention of Stereo and crucial contributions to telecommunications, television and radar.
The Invention of Stereo
Blumlein’s most iconic contribution as a British electrical engineer. Blumlein patented and pioneered audio recording methods that changed the music and film industry forever. Recording 2 Audio channels onto a single record groove.
Discover more about Alan Blumlein’s great strides in audio transmission in the early 1930s.
Keeping Britain on the radar
Alan Blumlein’s last but most important contribution for Britain during the Second World War. In the 1940s, along with his EMI colleagues, Alan lent his invaluable expertise to a project called H2S Airborne Radar.
It is a story that ends in tragedy, but a key development that helped shorten the Second World War. Learn more about the vital development behind the H2S Radar.
Features and News
Simon Blumlein Grammy Acceptance Speech – NYC July 12th 2107
On July 12th 2017, Simon Blumlein accepted the Recording Academy Technical Grammy posthumously awarded to his father for the invention of Stereo. The event was held at the Beacon Theatre in New York City [...]
Garth Lawson – The Walk
Symond’s Yat A place very fitting of a memorial. “ONCE more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”. (Henry V, Act 111, Scene 1) Henry V is writ large in the annals of Courtfield Estate [...]
Commemorative plaque at RAF Defford
On June 7th 1942, Alan Dower Blumlein was tragically killed along with 10 other passengers including other EMI scientists and RAF crew. They were all onboard a Handley Page Halifax equipped with H2S radar [...]