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Fritz Sennheiser to Enter Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame

American consumer electronics officials are saluting Dr. Fritz Sennheiser.

He will be inducted into the CE Hall of Fame by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The 95-year-old founder of Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG is one of 12 honorees this year. A company spokesman said Professor Sennheiser "still takes a keen interest in the company he founded, and feels very honored."

His company's technology contributions include the shotgun microphone in the 1950s, open-back headphones in the 1960s, infrared transmission technology in the 1970s and developments in multi-channel wireless technology in the early 1980s. Sennheiser also taught RF wireless technology and electro-acoustics at Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany.

Also to be honored: Joe Clayton, CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio and former head of RCA/Thomson; Ken Kutaragi, who encouraged the development of Sony's PlayStation gaming console; and Martin Cooper and Donald Linder, who developed the first mobile phone, the Motorola DynaTAC, in less than six months.

Past honorees include inventors and scientists like Heinrich Hertz, Alexander Graham Bell and Nikola Tesla.

The 12 honorees will be inducted in October.