James Edward Maceo West Inventor

James edward maceo west

James Edward Maceo West (born April 10, 1931 in Prince Edward County, Virginia) is an American inventor and acoustician. Along with Gerhard Sessler, West developed the foil electret microphone in 1962. Nearly 90 percent of the more than two billion microphones produced annually are based on the principles of the foil-electret and are used in everyday items such as telephones, camcorders, and audio recording devices among others. West received a BS in Physics from Temple University in 1957. He holds over 250 foreign and U.S. patents for the production and design of microphones and techniques for creating polymer foil electrets. In 2001, West retired from Lucent Technologies after a distinguished 40-year career at Bell Laboratories where he received the organization's highest honor, being named a Bell Laboratories Fellow. West then joined the faculty of the Whiting School at Johns Hopkins University where he is currently a research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In addition to his many contributions to acoustical science, throughout his career West has been a fervent advocate for greater diversity in the fields of science and technology.

Personal details

Date of birth
February 10th, 1931
United States of America
African American
Places lived
United States of America
pop. 316,128,839 (2013)


1. Temple University Colleges/University

Temple University is a comprehensive public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Originally founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, Temple University is among the nation's largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, podiatric medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture) and prepares the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania, offering over 300 academic degree programs at seven campuses and sites in Pennsylvania and its international campuses in Rome, Tokyo, Singapore and London. It is the 26th largest university in the United States with more than 37,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Institution info

Type Public school
2011. 281 mil. $
2010. 235 mil. $
Institution colors
1801 North Broad Street, 19122 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013. 28,243
2012. 27,725
2011. 27,702
2010. 27,623
2009. 26,618
2013. 9,377
2012. 5,478
2011. 9,153
2010. 9,744
Acceptance rate
2012. 67.2 %
2011. 62.8 %
2010. 63.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 15 K $
2011. 13.6 K
2010. 12.4 K $
2009. 11.8 K $
2008. 11.4 K $
Official web page www.temple.edu
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People attended Temple University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1928., Baseball First baseman
b. 1931., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1926., Actor
b. 1932., Novelist
b. 1935., Organization leader
b. 1934., Rhythm and blues Artist
b. 1928., Professional Association Football Player
b. 1930., Economist

Awards won

2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Electrical Engineering

2006 National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
For co-inventing the electret microphone in 1962. Ninety percent of the two billion microphones produced annually and used in everyday items such as telephones, hearing aids, camcorders, and multimedia computers employ electret technology.
President of the United States


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