Synthesizer Visionary Robert Moog Dies at 71

Ashville (North Carolina), USA – Synthesizer inventor Robert
Moog died August 21 at his home in
Asheville, North Carolina. He was 71. Bob was diagnosed with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme or GBM) in late April 2005. He had received both radiation treatment
and chemotherapy to help combat the disease. He is survived by his wife, Ileana,
his five children, Laura Moog Lanier, Matthew Moog, Michelle Moog-Koussa, Renee
Moog, and Miranda Richmond; and the mother of his children, Shirleigh Moog.A public Memorial Celebration is planned at The
Orange Peel club for
noon, Wednesday, August 24th. Fans and friends can also direct their sympathies
or remembrances to Caring

Robert Moog’s family has established The Bob Moog Memorial Fund dedicated to the
Advancement of Electronic Music in his memory. Many of his longtime
collaborators including musicians, engineers and educators have agreed to sit on
its executive board including David Borden, Wendy Carlos, Joel Chadabe, John
Eaton, David Mash, and
Rick Wakeman
For more information about the foundation,
contact Matthew Moog at

Dr. Robert A. Moog, born May 23, 1934, was a pioneer

electronic music
, best known as the
inventor of
the Moog

A native of

New York City
, he earned a

bachelor’s degree
in physics from

Queens College, New York
, another in electrical engineering from

Columbia University
, and a
Ph.D. in engineering physics from

Cornell University

He received a

Grammy Trustees Award
for lifetime achievement in

The Moog synthesizer became legendary in the 1970s. It was widely used by
progressive rock innovators such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer; Yes, PFM and many
others. It was also used by jazz fusion virtuosos and later by well known funk

[Part of the obituary is based on information provided by the Robert Moog
official Website and Wikipedia].