History & Facts About: John F. Dove
Holder of Six Patents and a Pioneer in Laser and Electron Beam Data Storage and Retrieval Systems. Served as a Program Manager and Senior Engineer at Rome Air Development Center – RADC for over 28 Years.
Served as a Technical Adviser to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – NATO from 1967-1970 at the SHAPE Technical Centre located at The HAGUE, in the Netherlands.
Fluent in Dutch and speaks German, French, and Spanish
Served as a People to People International Citizen Ambassador for the United States and was a member of a High Tech delegation that traveled to the People’s Republic of China. While in China, John Dove presented information on Laser Technology and Information Processing.
Creator of Laser Technology
He was born June 4, 1924 in Kinston, North Carolina, the son of Samuel F. and Rosetta Mabra Dove. He was educated in Kinston, North Carolina schools. John joined the U.S. Army after achieving a perfect score on the entrance exam. Moreover, John served in the Army Technical Corps from 1946 to 1949. From there, he entered Columbia University and went on to obtain a B.S. in Math and Physics. On June 4 1950, He married Zelder Bernice Mitchell. She passed away on February 2, 1983. After graduation, he was hired by the U.S. Government and came to Rome to work at the Rome Air Development Center (RADC). While he was employed at RADC as a scientist in the 1960’s, he developed and then patented the technology utilized in the compact disc. He holds patents for the compact disc, compact disc drive, and videodisc. His work in the field has been the source of major advancement in the field of laser optics.
In 1983, John founded Dove Electronics, Inc. In 2000, John founded Dove Photonics, Inc. Dove Photonics, Inc. was working in partnership with Syracuse University on an optical amplifier, a device that uses light beams to transmit information.