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Published January 26, 2004

CD Technology Creator John Dove Dies at 79
African American Inventor Revolutionized The Way We Store Data.

EspreeNet News Service

Syracuse, NY (ENet News) - Inventor, Physicist, and Businessman John F. Dove died Tuesday at the age of 79. He reportedly fell and hit is head which caused a blood clot on his brain, and after two successful surgeries he had an infection that spread throughout his body and caused heart failure.

For those who don't know his name, you should know that he invented and had the patent on the laser light technology that is used to develop the CD, and DVD. That's right, the world would not have cd's or dvd's if it wasn't for this African American Physicist.

Dove, a former member of the NATO scientific committee and government scientist, was the president of Dove Photonics located in Rome New York. The company is best known for a wind shear detector created for the FAA, but was in the process of manufacturing a fiber optic amplifier that speeds data transmission and creates multiple addresses (signals) on a single line.

"Everyone has been touched by him because he invented something that we now take for granted" said EspreeNet's president and CEO Jerome Espree. A few years ago Mr. Dove was on a forum that we created during the Syracuse Black Expo, and he instantly became the star once Judge McKinney (another panelist) said to the crowd "Do you know who this man is? Well, if you don't you should.". "That was the beginning of the end of Mr. Dove being just another panelist, said Espree, as soon as it was over everyone gathered around him as if he just stepped off of a concert stage. I will never forget that."

"I will also never forget what he told me about being arrested/interrogated by the FBI because of his invention, and the resistance of the patent and trademark office to give him (a black man) the rights to something he created. I understand that it happened in the 60's but I hope in 2004," Espree continued, "everyone is respecting his patent and the family receives everything(royalties) that he's owed."

Having John Dove participate in the Original Black Expo in Syracuse "gave everyone the opportunity to respect current history and future history" said Sean Herring Expo's Director.

"Like most of the revolutionary figures from our history, John Dove, was way ahead of his times. To say he was underappreciated would be an understatement, as it relates to his development of the modern (digital) data storage and retrieval system," said Terry Baker Director of Syracuse In Focus (photo agency).

"I didn't have the opportunity to meet him, but hail his accomplishments, because without his scientific discovery and entrepreneurial spirit, my business would not exist."

Dove's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Today at the First Presbyterian Church on Court Street in Rome, New York.

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