Leon Theremin

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Birthday
15, 1896
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Nov 3, 1993 (97)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
15, 1896
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Nov 3, 1993 (97)

About

Russian electrical engineer who invented the Theremin, one of first electronic musical instruments. He also invented several espionage devices for the Soviet Union including "The Thing," one of the first cover listening devices which became known as "bugs".

Before Fame

Growing up he played the cello and enjoyed studying electronics.

Trivia

He conducted the first-ever electronic orchestra, which featured the theremin and other electronic instruments including a "fingerboard" theremin.

Family Life

His family was of French and German descent.

Associated With

His Theremin was used in the soundtrack to the 1951 classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, which starred Patricia Neal.