118) Robert Moog

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118) Bob Moog

Invented the Synthesizer

Born: 23 May 1934, Queens, New York, United States of America

Died: 21 August 2005, Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America

Bob built his first Theremin at the age of fourteen and published his first article at nineteen. Then he earned his PhD in engineering physics.

He went on to found Moog Music and then invent the synthesizer; he would receive a Grammy Trustees Award in 1970 for his contributions to modern music.

Bands like The Police and Emerson, Lake, & Palmer used his invention in their music in the 1980’s.

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