The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will induct audio pioneer professor Dr. Fritz Sennheiser into its CE Hall of Fame. The 95-year-old founder of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG is one of 12 honorees to be inducted in 2008, and has been chosen by the expert jury in the category “Founders and Inventors.”
“We are as excited about this announcement as is professor Dr. Fritz Sennheiser himself,” says Volker Bartels, speaker of the Sennheiser executive team. “Fritz Sennheiser still takes a keen interest in the company he founded, and feels very honored by this recognition from the American consumer electronics industry.”
Under the management of Fritz Sennheiser, who also taught RF wireless technology and electro-acoustics at Hanover University in Germany, the family-owned company designed the shotgun microphone in the 1950s, open-back headphones in the 1960s and infrared transmission technology in the 1970s, and made advances in multichannel wireless technology in the early 1980s.
“Professor Dr. Fritz Sennheiser’s motto was to allow his developers to give free rein to their creative ideas, no matter how crazy they might seem,” adds Bartels. “And his staff translated this freedom and trust into innovative audio solutions.”
CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro praised the 2008 inductees: “I am proud to honor the accomplishments of these 12 leaders in the consumer technology industry, which provides the products and services that inform, educate, entertain and keep consumers connected. They inspire all of us.”
The 12 honorees will be officially inducted into the CE Hall of Fame during an awards dinner in October.
Since the founding of the CE Hall of Fame in 2000, the panel of industry experts has selected new honorees each year.