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In 1847 Beach married Harriet Eliza Holbrook with whom he had two children. In 1848 he and his brother assumed control of the Sun when their father retired. In 1852 Beach sold his share of the Sun to his brother in order to become coeditor and part owner of Scientific American magazine as well as supervisor of the Scientific American Patent Agency. Beach’s life’s work was devoted mainly to providing his readers with easy-to-read scientific information as well as researching and securing patents for his clients, who included thoMaS Alva ediSon, cyRuS Hall MccoRMick, and SaMuel F.

Supreme Court settled it in De Forest’s favor; the radio community never accepted the validity of this ruling and generally considers Armstrong to be the inventor of the regenerative circuit. In 1948 he sued RCA and several other large companies for violating his patent rights to FM. Six years later—frustrated by the time and money the lawsuits were consuming and in ill health—on January 31, 1954, he committed suicide by leaping from his apartment window. Most of the suits were eventually settled in his favor.

When the American Revolution ended in 1783, he emigrated to the United States, 10╇╇ Astor, John Jacob where his brother Henry lived, and settled in New York City the following year. In 1785 he married Sarah Todd with whom he had eight children. Astor saw America as the promised land, not because it was an untapped market for musical instruments but because of the incredible number of fur-bearing animals that lived there. He used the profits from his instrument business to buy furs from trappers, which at first he shipped back to London.

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