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Dr. V. K. Zworykin's 80th Birthday Celebration
September 10, 1969

A Note of Thanks

Dr. Zworykin is considered by most to be a scientific genius, but he is much more than that. He is a warm, friendly, dynamic man who has devoted the totality of his talents to the betterment of his felloman.

He has a wonderful ability to inspire and motivate those who work with him. He also has the drive, imagination and faith in his own judgment to convert a technical concept into a product for the millions. If Dr. Zworykin had not had that ability, many electronic products of today would still be just gleams in the eyes of frustrated scientists and engineers.

With humility and with pride, I would like to say "Thank You" to Dr. Zworykin on behalf of all RCA employees who have had the opportunity to work with him as a scientist and to know him as a man.

James Hillier, Executive Vice President, RCA Corporate Research and Engineering

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin

And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared. (Homer)

The full, brilliant, and fruitful career of Dr. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin has been built upon four remarkable personal traits.

First, of course, is the scientific genius that has enabled him to discover and employ scientific principles in creating practical devices years ahead of their times.

Second is his blility to attract and inspire outstanding men and to lead them in overcoming "unsurmountable " obstacles.

Third is his unusually acute understanding, expecially for a scientist, of the facts and rigors of the business world. This, coupled with his strong self-disipline and force of personality, has emabled him to steer many research achievements through the long, tortuous rocks and shoals of business life and deliver them as products that are useful to the public and profitable to the manufacturer.

Finally, there is a warm, friendly persoanlity, best evidenced by the twinkling of his eyes and the bright smile that appears on his lips as he talks with friends, neighbors, colleagues, or scientific giants.