Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Joseph F. Engelberger Put Robots on Assembly Lines

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Joseph F. Engelberger Put Robots on Assembly Lines

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Joseph F. Engelberger, who revolutionized assembly lines around the world by introducing the industrial robot, an innovation that he hoped would one day transform daily life for the elderly and the infirm, died Tuesday Dec. 1 at his home in Newtown, Conn. He was 90.

The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said his daughter, Gay Engelberger.

Trained as a physicist, Mr. Engelberger became a business entrepreneur who was widely regarded as the "father of robotics."

He was working as an automation engineer in the 1950s when he attended a cocktail party and met a tinkerer, George C. Devol, with a patent pending for an intriguing device: what was known as a programmed article transfer, essentially a mechanized arm that could be instructed to move items from one place to another.

"You know what?" Mr. Engelberger recalled remarking. …

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