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Hugo Gernsback (August 16, 1884 - August 19, 1967) was an inventor and magazine publisher who also wrote science fiction and whose publication included the first science fiction magazine. August 16 is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1884 is a leap year starting on Tuesday (click on link to calendar). ... August 19 is the 231st day of the year (232nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An inventor is a person who creates new inventions, typically technical devices such as mechanical, electrical or software devices or methods. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


Born in Luxembourg, Gernsback emigrated to the United States in 1905. He married three times: to Rose Harvey in 1906, Dorothy Kantrowitz in 1921, and Mary Hancher in 1951. In 1925, Hugo founded radio station WRNY and was involved in the first television broadcasts and is considered a pioneer in amateur radio. He died in New York City. 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... NYC and New York, New York redirect here. ...


Gernsback started the modern genre of science fiction by founding the first magazine dedicated to it, Amazing Stories, in 1926. He said he became interested in the concept after reading a translation of the work of Percival Lowell as a child. He also played a key role in starting Science Fiction Fandom, by publishing the addresses of people who wrote letters to his magazines. In 1929, he lost ownership of his first magazines after a bankruptcy lawsuit. There is some debate about whether this process was genuine, manipulated by publisher Bernarr Macfadden, or was a Gernsback scheme to begin another company. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, began in April 1926, becoming the first science fiction magazine and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the United States. ... 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Percival observing Mars from the Lowell Observatory. ... Science fiction fandom or SF fandom is the community of people actively interested in science fiction and fantasy literature, and in contact with one another based upon that interest. ... -1... Bernarr Macfadden (b. ...


The Science Fiction Achievement award, given to various works each year by vote of the members of the World Science Fiction Society, is named the "Hugo" after him. He was one of 1996's inaugural inductees into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The World Science Fiction Society is an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in Science Fiction. ... The Hugo Award is given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy stories of the previous year, and for related areas in fandom, art and dramatic presentation. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Gernsback wrote some fiction, including the novel Ralph 124C 41+ in 1911. This is generally considered to be something to be read for its wealth of ideas, rather than for the quality of writing or plot. Ralph 124C 41+, by Hugo Gernsback, is an early science fiction novel, written in 1911, which contains, besides the pun in the title, ...the first accurate description of radar, complete with diagram. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ...


Before creating a literary genre, Gernsback was an entrepreneur in the electronics industry, importing radio parts from Europe to the United States and helping to popularize amateur "wireless." In 1909, he founded the Wireless Association of America, which had 10,000 members within a year. The same year he also founded Modern Electrics, the world's first magazine about electronics. In 1912, Gernsback said that he estimated 400,000 people in the U.S. were involved in amateur radio. Modern Electrics was a technical magazine for the amateur radio experimenter. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and conform with our NPOV policy, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


He held 80 patents by the time he died.


See also:

Science fiction has been shaped as a literary genre by both science fiction authors and science fiction editors. ...

External links

  • Forecast -- posthumous issues and other material about Hugo Gernsback
  • PBS Rescue at Sea, which contains information about Gernsback's role in early amateur radio

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Hugo Gernsback - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (414 words)
Hugo Gernsback (August 16, 1884 - August 19, 1967) was an inventor and magazine publisher who also wrote science fiction and whose publication included the first science fiction magazine.
In 1925, Hugo founded radio station WRNY and was involved in the first television broadcasts and is considered a pioneer in amateur radio.
Gernsback started the modern genre of science fiction by founding the first magazine dedicated to it, Amazing Stories, in 1926.
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