Lechner was a consultant to government and industry as an expert on all aspects of television and display systems. Extensively involved in technical research on advanced television and display systems and in the development of standards for high-definition television (HDTV), Bernie was previously Staff Vice President, Advanced Video Systems, at RCA Laboratories. He held 10 U.S. patents, graduated from Columbia University, and did graduate work at both Princeton University and Harvard School of Business.
Lechner’s 30-year career at RCA covered all aspects of television and display research, from early work on home video tape recorders to extensive development of flat-panel matrix displays. Two broadcast camera projects led by Lechner were recognized with Emmy awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He was a Fellow of the IEEE, the Society for Information Display (SID) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and was awarded the David Sarnoff Gold Medal by SMPTE for his many contributions to the technologies essential to today’s television systems.
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