Edwin Howard Armstrong
December 18, 1890 – January 31, 1954


Early Years

Armstrong was born in the Chelsea district of New York City to John and Emily Armstrong.  John Armstrong, who was also a native of New York, began working at the Oxford University Press at a young age, and eventually reached the position of Vice President of the American branch. 

Howard and sister Edith, a.k.a. Cricket
ca. 1896

In 1895 the Armstrong family moved from their brownstone row house at 347 West 29th Street to another similar house at 26 West 97th Street in the Upper West Side.[6] At the age of eight Armstrong contracted a disease that was known as St. Vitus' Dance, which left him with a lifelong tic when excited or under stress.

In 1902, the Armstrong family moved from the Upper West Side into a house at 1032 Warburton Avenue in Yonkers, which overlooked the Hudson River.



In 1904 Armstrong's father gave him this book.
The rest is history.

The attic room at the front of "1032" became the radio laboratory.  (This picture is likely fron the 1920's.)

Home-made seven-foot kite used
to lift antennas.
Howard built the "1032 Pole" in 1910 as an antenna support.  It was more than 120 feet tall.
(Armstrong's sister Ethel, her husband Bradley Hammond, and their daughter Jeanne would later live at 18 Odell Ave., directly behind the pole.)

Discovery of Regeneration


Regen Demo to Sarnoff




The Superheterodyne



RCA paid Armstrong $200,000 and 60,000 shares plus an additional 20,000 shares for the superheterodyne patent.



Frequency Modulation


Last Years


Learn More

The men who made radio
by Tom Lewis

Listen to the Dave Qssman's radio drama version here:   Part 1    Part 2