William F. Schreiber

William F. Schreiber
Born 1925
United States
Died September 21, 2009 (aged 84)[1]
Residence Cambridge, Massachusetts
Citizenship USA
Alma mater Columbia University (B.S., M.S), Harvard University (Ph.D)
Known for Optical character recognition
Color printing
Awards SPIE Gold Medal (1989)
Scientific career
Fields electrical engineering
Institutions MIT

William F. Schreiber (1925–2009) was an electrical engineer and professor emeritus of MIT.[1] Schreiber had served on the advisory committee of Federal Communications Commission. In March 1969, he founded the imaging systems supplier ECRM (Electronic Character Recognition Machinery). The company was responsible for the design of computer-based color printing system and an optical character recognition machine.


William F. Schreiber attended high school in New York City. As a child, he developed an interest in photography. He later went on to study at Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he received a BS and MS in electrical engineering. In 1953, he earned a PhD in applied physics at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he was selected as a Gordon McKay and Charles Coffin fellow. After schooling, Schreiber began working at Sylvania Electronics in 1947 at Technicolor Corporation in Hollywood, California in 1953.


From 1959 to 1990, Schreiber was a faculty member at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He was also Director of the Advanced Television Research Program, a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Kanpur)[2] from 1964 to 1966, and a visiting scholar at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1990. As part of the MIT faculty, Schreiber helped to develop advancement in imaging processing systems such as in television and printing. He worked in graphic arts, including color printing, color correction, and laser scanning. His research in television included works on digital television and high-definition television. While at MIT, Schreiber continued his consulting practice, serving as an expert in patent litigations.


William Schreiber received numerous distinctions for his contribution to electrical engineering and information technology.[3] He is a member of the Technical Association for the Graphic Arts and SPIE. He is a fellow of IEEE and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He received TAGA’s Honors Award, the David Sarnoff Gold Medal, the Gold Medal of the International Society for Optical Engineering. He had also been a four-time recipient of the SMPTE Journal Award. Schreiber was a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


  1. 1 2 Remembering William F. Schreiber 1925-2009, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009.
  2. E.C. Subbarao: An Eye for Excellence, Fifty Innovative Years of IIT Kanpur; Harper Collins Publishers, India, 2008.
  3. http://members.whattheythink.com/news/index.cfm?id=40214
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