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Paul V. Galvin


1928 - 1956

Computers & Electronics

Military ServiceArmy
1920 b. 1895
Born-Died1895 - 1959
BirthplaceIllinois (IL)
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1920

Creating the Motorola car radio, Galvin emerged as the premier producer of car radios in the 1930s. Galvin also invented the walkie-talkie, producing some 40,000 during World War II. In 1947, Galvin introduced the first practical television set under $200, helping increase the companyís sales to $47 million. Wishing to overcome his firmís dependence on vacuum tubes, Galvin developed transistors to be used in car stereos. Building on this new technological advancement, Motorola entered the semiconductor field.