FM Stereo Innovator Carl Eilers Dies
June 23, 2008 at 3:07 PM (PT)
CARL G. EILERS, the "Father of Stereo FM Radio and Stereo Television Sound," died suddenly FRIDAY (JUNE 18th) of an apparent heart attack in his RIVER FOREST, IL, home. He was 83.
A native of FAIRBURY, IL, EILERS became known for pioneering work during his 50-year career at ZENITH ELECTRONICS. There he worked on the world's first pay television system, and led ZENITH's development effort on stereophonic FM radio broadcasting. The stereo FM standard he co-developed was first adopted by the FCC in 1961 and is still in use today around the world. As R&D manager, EILERS co-developed ZENITH'S EMMY AWARD winning MTS (multichannel television sound) stereo TV system, adopted by the industry in 1984. Through the '90s, EILERS was a key member of ZENITH's high definition television (HDTV) development team.
EILERS was inaugurated into the Consumer Hall of Fame in 2000.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, SANDRA, his son JOHN and daughter JANET AMES. Services are planned for TUESDAY in RIVER FOREST.