Audio Pioneer Fritz Sennheiser Dies at 97
Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, a pioneer of the audio field and the founder of the German company that bears his name, died Monday, just a few days shy of his 98th birthday, the company announced.
Having founded the company in the summer of 1945, Sennheiser oversaw the development of the first shotgun microphones and open headphones, and he also played a role in the development of wireless radio and infrared transmission. Sennheiser retired in 1982 but maintained a "vivid interest" in the company.
"His enthusiasm for audio technology, his creative curiosity, coupled with a modesty that is all too rare these days, his self-discipline, sincerity and generosity in his dealings with people, will remain an example to follow for all those who knew him," the company said in a statement. "The history of the European audio industry will forever remain inextricably linked with the name of Fritz Sennheiser."