Robert (Bob) Arthur Moog (1934-2005) invented the first commercial electronic musical instrument – known as the “Moog Synthesizer” – over a three-year period of development from 1964 to 1967. Bob was an enterprising PhD student in Engineering Physics at Cornell University when he moved to Trumansburg, New York, a village twelve miles northwest of Ithaca, to establish his first synthesizer factory. In addition to the large modular Moog Synthesizer at the entrance to the exhibition gallery, R.A. Moog Co. began to manufacture and ship the more portable Minimoog Synthesizer in 1970.
The Corrnell University department of rare collections offers a nice exhibition of the works of Robert Moog. For more information visit Cornell’s website.