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Herman Affel
American electrical engineer

Herman Affel

Herman Affel
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Intro American electrical engineer
Was Engineer Inventor
From United States of America
Field Business Engineering
Gender male
Birth 4 August 1893, Brooklyn, USA
Death 13 October 1972, New York City, USA (aged 79 years)
Star sign Leo
National Inventors Hall of Fame  
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From left to right are: Lloyd Espenschied and Herman Affel circa 1950-1960

Herman Andrew Affel (August 4, 1893 – October 13, 1972) was an American electrical engineer who invented the modern coaxial cable.


He was born on August 4, 1893. He attended MIT. He later married Bertha May Plummer.

From MIT he went to work at Bell Laboratories. Among other projects he worked with Lloyd Espenschied on the characteristics of coaxial cable. Espenschied and Affel jointly applied for a patent on a wideband coaxial cable system of transmission, filed in 1929 and granted in 1934. The invention was disclosed in a prize-winning paper published in AIEE's Electrical Engineering in October 1934.

He died on October 13, 1972.


In 2006 Affel was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

US Patents

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By caffel on 13 Apr 2020, 04:44 am

Herman A Affel actually died in Waterville Maine.

He held 177 US patents including one for the coaxial transmission system used in the first transatlantic voice cable and the first for binural radio transmission (stereo).

Charles A. Affel, grandson

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