Trailblazer of American radio and television. He was nicknamed The General. He was an influential RCA executive from the year of its founding, 1919, until 1970.
His communications career started in 1906 when he was hired by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America.
He firmly believed in "the value of a broadcast network is proportional to the number of viewers," which became known as Sarnoff's law.
He and his family immigrated to the United States from Belarus. He was married to Lizette Hermant for 54 years. She was his muse during his lengthy career in radio and television.
His legendary legal battles with Philo T. Farnsworth were dramatized in the play The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin.