Lou Ottens, the Dutch inventor of the cassette tape, the medium of selection for hundreds of thousands of bed room combine tapes, has died, mentioned Philips, the corporate the place he additionally helped develop the compact disc.
Ottens died Saturday at age 94, Philips confirmed.
A structural engineer who skilled on the prestigious Technical College in Delft, he joined Philips in 1952 and was head of the Dutch firm’s product growth division when he started work on another for current tape recorders with their cumbersome massive spools of tape.
His purpose was easy. Make tapes and their gamers much more transportable and simpler to make use of.
“In the course of the growth of the cassette tape, within the early Sixties, he had a picket block made that match precisely in his coat pocket,” mentioned Olga Coolen, director of the Philips Museum within the southern metropolis of Eindhoven.