March 24, 2004 by

Edward Zubler


Categories: Military, Scientists

Edward G. Zubler once had a bright idea.

After doing six years of research at General Electric, he developed the halogen lamp in 1959. Zubler and his team of engineers improved standard incandescent light bulbs by adding a halogen gas. The halogen recycled tungsten deposits, creating a brighter, longer-lasting light bulb. Halogen lamps are mostly used in automobile headlights, floodlights and in studio lighting.

For his work in advancing lighting technology, Zubler earned numerous patents and awards. In 1978, his portrait and biography were put on display in an exhibit to technical pioneers in lighting at the Toshiba Science Institute in Kawasaki, Japan.

Prior to joining GE, Zubler received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Canisius College in New York, and a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. He served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army’s 102nd Infantry Division in Europe during World War II, earning a Purple Heart for a shrapnel injury to his back and a bayonet cut to his knee, and two Bronze Star Medals for valor.

Zubler died on March 20 from complications of surgery. He was 79.

4 Responses to Edward Zubler

  1. John Blocher

    When I was organizing symposia on Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) for the Electrochemical Society, Ed put tohether sessioons on halogen lamp chemistry. He not only put a brilliant idea to work, but was very cooperative and a real nice guy to be around.
    He will be missed!

  2. Hugo Zubler

    We would like to know if this is a cousin of our Zubler family in Huzenschwil, Switzerland. Perhaps Karen Zubler might be kind enough to contact me.

  3. John Blocher

    Sorry, Karen! I did not see your response to my blog until today, eight years later. At age 93+, my memories of that decade are fading. The impression that Ed was so nice to work with remains indelible however. I hope Ed mde a bundle from his halide lamp idea. At the time I was immersed in CVD and had all the information necessary to come up with the same basic conclusion. But Ed did and I didn’t.
    With best wishes, John

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