Resumé of Arch C Luther
Arch C. Luther graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950 with a BSEE degree. He went to work at RCA Corporation in the Broadcast Systems Department, and was involved in the early development of broadcast equipment for the NTSC color television system including TV cameras and processing equipment, video tape recording, and many other important developments in the broadcast equipment field. He was the manager of the development and design program for the TCR-100 Video Cartridge Recorder, a project which won an Emmy for RCA in 1973.
In 1975, Mr. Luther became Chief Engineer of the RCA Commercial Communications Systems Division, responsible for the technical management for a wide range of businesses, including Avionics Systems, Film Recording, Mobile Communications Systems, and Broadcast Systems. He later became Chief Engineer, and then Vice President of Engineering for the Broadcast Systems Division of RCA.
In late 1983, Mr. Luther moved to the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center at Princeton and joined the group that was beginning the development of DVI Technology at that time. DVI was one of the first audio/video technologies for personal computers. He worked in the DVI group in many roles, including planning, management (he directed the entire project for most of 1986 while the first hardware and software was being designed), and as the designer of the first audio system for DVI. He also wrote a DVI software application for producing presentations and demonstrations; it was used for most of the early DVI demonstrations.
In December 1987, Mr. Luther retired from the David Sarnoff Research Center and formed his own company to pursue his interests in DVI Technology and computer multimedia in general, which include writing, teaching, and software. He has worked as a consultant to the Intel DVI group at Princeton, to IBM, and to other companies who are users of PC multimedia. He is thoroughly familiar with digital video and audio hardware and software, and consults on either a detailed technical level, a marketing level, or on a planning and management level. He has also been retained as a expert witness on a number of patent cases involving technologies related to his background.
Mr. Luther wrote a book about DVI technology, Digital Video in the PC Environment, published by McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, in December 1988. He is also the author and programmer of MEDIAscript, a multimedia authoring program and has consulted extensively in multimedia authoring and the use of MEDIAscript. He is the architect of MEDIAscript OS/2, a full-featured graphical-interface authoring system, and participated in its programming. In 1992 he completed another book, Designing Interactive Multimedia, published by Bantam—a book about developing multimedia applications. In 1993 he wrote Authoring Interactive Multimedia published by AP Professional, about selecting equipment and software for creating multimedia applications. In 1994 he completed Using Digital Video published by AP Professional, about use and application of digital video. In 1995, he co-authored Video Engineering, 2nd Edition, published by McGraw-Hill in 1996. In 1997, he completed Principles of Digital Audio and Video, published by Artech House, Inc. in May 1997; and Satellite Technology, Second Edition, co-authored with A. F. Inglis and published by Focal Press in July, 1997. Video Camera Technology, was published by Artech House in the first quarter of 1998, and Video Recording Technology was published by Artech House in 1999. Video Engineering, 3rd Edition was published by McGraw-Hill in 1999. In 2008, he published his memoir: Many Threads: The Saga of an Electronics Engineer.
In June, 1999, Mr. Luther and two other partners formed Artisan’s World, LLC to build and operate an e-commerce Web site for display and sale of hand-crafted products made by artisans around the world. Mr. Luther programmed the site, which was online from September, 1999 until November, 2001. He has also done a number of other Web design projects for various clients.
In 2003, Mr. Luther started software development on a data-collection system using Pocket PCs and Desktop PCs with wireless communication and barcode technology. This system is based on US Patent 6,027,026, issued to him and A.M. Husain. The product was described on Web site write-n-record.com, (now offline at that address) but still available at http://www.archluther.com/wnr.
From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Luther served as treasurer for the Muniz Ranches Property Owners’ Association (MRPOA), the property-owners association for the area where he lives.
Mr. Luther holds 34 U.S. Patents; he has won the SMPTE David Sarnoff Gold Medal and the RCA David Sarnoff Gold Medal for Outstanding Technical Achievement. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE (1974) and a Life Fellow of the SMPTE (1969). His hobby interests include digital photography, gardening, and woodworking (specializing in redwood furniture). His personal Web site is www.archluther.com.
RCA Broadcast Systems Division
- RCA Broadcast Systems Department, Camden, NJ
- TV Terminal Advanced Development Engineering Group
- Class B Engineer, July 1950. Circuit development for sync generators, video switching, and other terminal equipment. Also consulted on circuit design problems in TV cameras.
- Class A Engineer, July 1952.
Circuit development of the TK-40 and TK-41 color cameras—the first commercial color cameras for the NTSC video system.
- Class AA Engineer, July 1954. Circuit development troubleshooter in all areas of Broadcast Studio Equipment including cameras, monitors, switching, and terminal equipment.
- Leader, TV Terminal Advanced Development, July 1958. Responsible for management of the group doing work as described above. Began transistorization of broadcast products.
- Electronic Recording Engineering Department
- Manager, Advanced Development, 1962. Responsible for new video recorder development. During this period, the TR-22 was developed by this group. It was the world’s first all solid-state video recorder.
- Manager, Electronic Recording Equipment Engineering, 1966. Responsible for all engineering of video recorders including mechanical and electrical design and development and magnetic head engineering. During this period, the TR-70 highband recorder and the TCR-100 Video Cartridge Recorder were developed. The latter was the world’s first completely automatic system for playing sequences of individual video tapes, such as needed to play commercials during station breaks. RCA later (1973) won an Emmy for this product.
RCA Commercial Communications Systems Division (CCSD)
- Manager, Broadcast Engineering, 1971. Oversaw the engineering programs of all the units of Broadcast systems, which included Recording, Cameras, Terminal Equipment, Audio Equipment, TV and Audio Transmitters, and Antennas. For a while this responsibility also included Electron Microscopes.
- Chief Engineer, Broadcast Systems. This was a change of title for the position described above.
RCA Broadcast Systems Division
- Chief Engineer, CCSD, 1975. CCSD embraced not only Broadcast Systems, but also Mobile Communications Systems, Avionics Systems, and Film Recording Systems. The role of the Chief Engineer was to oversee the planning process of all units, insure that best technology resources were being applied, and solve technical or engineering management problems.
- Division Vice President, Engineering, CCSD, 1980. This was a change of title for the above-described position.
RCA Laboratories, Princeton, NJ
- Division Vice President, Engineering, Broadcast Systems, 1981. Overview the engineering programs of all the units of Broadcast systems, which included Recording, Cameras, Terminal Equipment, Audio Equipment, TV and Audio Transmitters, and Antennas.
Retired from RCA, December 1987
Arch Luther Associates, Merchantville, NJ
- Senior Staff Scientist, January 1984. Joined the project team developing the digital audio/video system that became DVI Technology. Role was in planning, management (ran the entire project during 1986), hardware and software development for the audio part of the system, and software development for demonstration of the system (this work led to MEDIAscript.)
Artisan’s World, LLC
- President, January 1988 to present. (Moved to Jenner, CA in May, 1998. Consulting in multimedia computing for Intel, IBM, Southwest Research Institute, and others (up to 1995).
- General consulting in analog and digital electronic design for several clients in different fields including medical electronics and ASIC development. Also architectural design, landscape design, garden design, irrigation system design, and woodworking for members of his community.
- Expert witness consulting in patent litigation for television and computers; clients are Fish & Neave (NY), Kenyon & Kenyon (NY), Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (San Diego), Tobor & Goldstein (Houston), McKool-Smith (Dallas). Subjects include television, machine vision, wireless pagers, and computer video display chips.
Software development in multimedia authoring (MEDIAscript). Web site design.
- Writing books (see "Writing").
Muniz Ranches Property Owner’s Association
- Partner and Chief Technology Officer, 1999 to 2001. Web site design and management. Digital photography for site content
Arch Clinton Luther, III Science Scholarship Foundation
- Treasurer and Board Member, 1998 to 2008.
- Webmaster, 2000 to present.
- Mr. Luther is the Managing Trustee of the Arch Clinton Luther III Scholarship Foundation, which since 1991, annually gives a scholarship to an outstanding high school senior from southern New Hampshire who plans to pursue college studies in science. This scholarship is in memory of Mr. Luther’s son, Arch Clinton Luther III, who lived in southern New Hampshire and was accidentally killed in 1989, when he was 19.
Education and Awards
- BSEE, June 1950, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, 1969.
- Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 1974.
- RCA David Sarnoff Gold Medal, 1973.
- IEEE David Sarnoff Gold Medal, 1975.
- “Methods of Verifying Adherence to the NTSC Color Signal Specifications,” Proc. IRE, Jan. 1954.
- “Stability as a Factor in Circuit Design,” RCA Engineer’s Digest, March–April, 1954.
- “TG-2A Studio Sync Generator,” RCA Broadcast News, Vol. 81, Dec. 1954.
- “Stabilization of Pulse Duration in Monostable Miltivibrators,” RCA Review, Vol. XVI, No. 3, Sept. 1955.
- “Design Trends in Color Studio Equipment,” RCA Engineer, Vol. 2, No. 3, Oct./Nov. 1956.
- “Transistorized Switching in TV Systems” (with J. W. Wentworth and C. R. Monro), RCA Engineer, Vol. 4, No. 5, Feb./Mar. 1959.
- “Automatic Timing Correction for Modern Color Television Tape Recorders,” RCA Engineer, Vol. 9, No. 5, Feb./Mar. 1964.
- “TCR-100 Video Cartridge Recorder—Engineering ans Marketing Teamwork” (with H. H. Klerx), RCA Engineer, Vol. 19, No. 2, Aug./Sept. 1973.
- “Broadcast Communications—Review and Survey,” RCA Engineer, Vol. 23, No. 4, Dec. 1977/Jan. 1978.
- “Engineering Challenges in Communications Systems,” RCA Engineer, Vol. 26, No. 1, Jul./Aug. 1980.
- “You Are There, and In Charge,” IEEE Spectrum, Vol 25, No. 9.
- “Color Film Equipment,” paper presented at 76th SMPTE Annual Convention, Oct. 1954.
- “A Transistorized Video Switching Circuit,” paper presented to the Philadelphia PGBTS of IRE, Apr. 2, 1959.
- “Pixlock—An Advanced Servo System for Television Tape Recorders” (with J. R. West), paper presented at 90th SMPTE Annual Convention, Oct. 1961.
- “Multiple Generation Television Recording Techniques,” paper presented at SMPTE Color Television Broadcasting Conference, Jan. 1967.
- “New Techniques for Handling of Television Tape,” paper presented to Montreux Television Festival, Montreux, Switzerland, May 1969.
- “Taking Motion Pictures on Film or Videotape” symposium comments at the 112th SMPTE Technical Conference, Los Angeles, Oct. 27, 1972.
- “Toward Improved Broadcast Video Tape Recording,” paper presented at the 8th International TV Symposium and Technical Exhibition, Montreux, Switzerland, May 18, 1973.
- “Broadcast Video Recording,” paper presented at NAB Convention, Houston Texas, Mar. 1974.
- “TCR-100 Cartridge Video Recorder: History of a Product Development,” paper presented at 116th SMPTE technical Conference, Toronto, Nov. 15, 1974.
- “Digital Video Interactive Technology,” paper presented at SID Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting, New York, Sept. 8, 1987.
- “New Developments in Digital Video Interactive,” paper presented at OIS–87, New York, Dec. 3, 1987.
- MEDIAscript (DOS Edition), published in 1989 by Network Technology Corporation, Hillsdale, NY.
- MEDIAscript (OS/2 Desktop Edition), published in 1992 by Network Technology Corporation, Hillsdale, NY.
- MEDIAscript (OS/2 Professional Edition), published in 1993 by Network Technology Corporation, Hillsdale, NY.
- CD-ROM produced for publication with Using Digital Video.
- E-commerce Web site design: www.ArtisansWorld.com, 1999.
- Write-n-Record software for PPC and PC, 2003.
- Web site designs: archluther.com, redwoodworks.com,
artisansworld.com, munizranches.org, lhlavelle.us,
tvantenna.tv, write-n-record.com, kennethwilkes.com.
United States Patents of Arch C. Luther