CRL - Central Research Laboratories, Hayes Middlesex

Thursday, 26 August 1999

The Official Launch of the Focal Press book

'The Inventor of Stereo - The Life & Works of Alan Dower Blumlein'

by Robert Charles Alexander


(l-r) Simon Blumlein, his son James Blumlein, Author Robert Charles Alexander, Simon's son Alan Blumlein, his son William Blumlein and Alan Dower Blumlein's younger son David Blumlein

The Blumlein family with author Robert Alexander.

Left to Right: Simon Blumlein, James Blumlein, Robert Alexander, Alan Blumlein, William Blumlein and David Blumlein.


Colleagues of Alan Blumlein, Dr Eric White and Maurice Harker both signing copies of the book
Dr Eric L C White and Maurice Harker, both colleagues of Alan Blumlein, signing copies of the book during the presentation ceremony.

Author Robert Alexander with Focal Press Commissioning Editor, Margaret Riley
Author Robert Alexander with Focal Press Commissioning Editor Margaret Riley. It was Margarets knowledge of Alan Blumlein and his achievements prior to being approached by Robert Alexander with his plans for a biography that assured that this project came to fruition. Margaret Riley retired from Focal Press following the launch of this book after 14 years with the company.

Author Robert Alexander with his mother, Mrs Jean Levy (right) and aunt, Mrs Ruth Underwood
Author Robert Alexander with his mother, Mrs Jean Levy (right) and aunt, Mrs Ruth Underwood (left) during the book signing at the end of the evening.

Author Robert Alexander with his father Mr Bernard Alexander and step-mother Mrs Jean Alexander
Author Robert Alexander with his father, Mr Bernard Alexander (right) and step-mother, Mrs Jean Alexander (left) standing outside the main entrance of CRL, Central Research Laboratories, during the evening of the book signing.

There were over 150 VIP guests at the book launch, among them Simon Vaughan, Archivist of the Alexandra Palace Television Society, John Trenouth, Curator of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television and Andy Emmerson, Editor of 405 Alive Magazine
Among the 150 VIPs were Simon Vaughan, Archivist of the Alexandra Palace Television Society, John Trenouth, Curator of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, and Andy Emmerson, Editor 405 Alive Magazine.

(l to r) Dr Eric White, Bernard Greenhead, Robert Alexander, Felix Trott and Maurice Harker - four of Blumlein's colleagues with the author

The four living colleagues of Alan Blumlein with author Robert Alexander.

Left to Right: Dr Eric White, Bernard Greenhead, Robert Alexander, Felix Trott and Maurice Harker.


Another of the VIP guests of the evening was renowned author and audio engineering specialist, Keith Spencer-Allen seen here with Jenny Whelham and Beth Howard from Focal Press
Renowned author and audio engineering specialist, Keith Spencer-Allen, with Jenny Whelham and Beth Howard key members of the Focal Press team who, with Margaret Riley were responsible for the publishing of the book.

Signing book dedications at the VIP book launch, 26 August 1999
Author Robert Charles Alexander signing dedicated copies of the book for the 150 VIP guests during the evening of 26 August 1999.

Author Robert Alexander with the two ladies who really made the entire event possible, Ruth Edge, Archivist CRL (left) and Margaret Riley, Commissioning Editor, Focal Press

The two ladies who really made the evening possible with author Robert Alexander.

Ruth Edge, Archivist CRL (left) and Margaret Riley, Commissioning Editor Focal Press.


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