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Early Radio Pioneer, Frank Dawson Bliley (Original Founder of Bliley Technologies), Recognized as Microwave Legend


ERIE, Pa. (October 18, 2007) – Historians in the radio, microwave, electronics and wireless communication industries undoubtedly encounter the name of one of the world’s most well regarded, early radio entrepreneurs, Frank Dawson Bliley (1906 – 1955), who was recently recognized as a “Microwave Legend” by Microwaves & RF, a Penton Media magazine (

Bliley’s great passion was the development and advancement of two-way communications using quartz crystal technology, and within a decade of founding Erie-based Bliley Electric Company in 1930, his organization had become one of the most successful companies in the crystal industry.

Driving Bliley Electric’s success were unmatched R&D breakthroughs in crystal technology addressing frequency control, manufacturing methods, and communication failures caused by both temperature and aging effects on crystal units.

Among the most noted R&D breakthroughs emerging from Bliley Electric and adopted as an industry standard was an acid-etching process for removing quartz layers, which brought crystals to optimum oscillating frequencies and mitigated aging effects. The company also designed and developed a means to conserve quartz crystal resources by using smaller crystal wafers for wireless communications.

Frank Dawson Bliley, an Electrical Engineering graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (1929), led his company forward to become a major military supplier helping to ensure the dependability of mission-critical communications equipment for the U.S. Armed Forces during WW II. Bliley Electric Company was recognized four times during the war with the Army-Navy “E” award for its war effort contributions and outstanding production efficiency.

Today, Bliley’s legacy lives on through Bliley Technologies, Inc. (formerly Bliley Electric Company), a leading provider of crystal-based frequency control solutions, which has gained worldwide recognition for crystal oscillator advancements, its 45-year history of space technology contributions, and the most advanced doubly-rotated crystal technology available in the market.

Recognized as a Microwave Legend, Frank Dawson Bliley has been honored by Microwaves & RF for innovation and invention that has shaped today’s microwave industry.

Microwave technology has numerous applications, some of which include: broadcasting, telecommunications, radar, radio astronomy, Wireless LAN protocols (such as Bluetooth and IEEE 802.11), WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), mobile broadband, cable television and medical technology.



Sources for the before-mentioned history on Frank Dawson Bliley include:

History written and produced by Charles A. Bliley:
Radio Association of Erie:
Thompson, Richard Jr. Crystal Clear: The Struggle for Reliable Communications Technology in World War II. IEEE Press, 2007.

About Bliley Technologies, Inc.:

With over 75 years’ experience, Bliley Technologies is recognized internationally for high-volume and custom manufacturing of quality quartz crystals and crystal oscillators for wireless and wireline communication, SATCOM/space, military and aerospace electronics, and other instrumentation applications. Bliley specializes in producing frequency control products for demanding applications. At its state-of-the-art, ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturing facilities, Bliley designs and produces:

•Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillators (OCXOs)
•Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillators (TCXOs)
•Voltage Controlled Crystal Oscillators (VCXOs)
•Crystal Oscillators (XOs)
•Precision AT, SC, IT & FC cut crystals
•Quartz Transducers.

For more information, visit, or contact Bliley Technologies, Inc., at 2545 West Grandview Boulevard, Erie, Pa., 16506-4512. Phone: (814) 838-3571.

Dana Thompson
(814) 838-3571, Ext. 283



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