Alec Reeves, British engineer

Alec Reeves, British engineer

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Alec Harley Reeves (1902-1971), British engineer. Reeves did postgraduate studies at Imperial College London, then joined the International Western Electric Company in 1923. In 1938, he invented pulse code modulation (PCM) that is now the standard method of transmitting digital signals. This work was recognised by the award of the Stuart Ballantine Medal (1965) from the Franklin Institute. Reeves was made CBE for his work in World War II developing the Oboe bombing targeting system. After the war, he managed research teams that made crucial advances in fibre optics technology. Photographed in 1965.

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