At the age of 94, the Dutch engineer Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette tape and one of the participants in the creation of the compact disk (CD), passed away .
Although the death occurred last Saturday, the news was confirmed today from the European country without specifying its causes.
In modern history, Ottens will be remembered for his work as head of the product development department of the Dutch company Hasselt , owned by Philips, where they started working on the cassette from the early 1960s.
In a short time, and after an agreement with Sony to use the Philips patent and find a “standard cassette”, in 1965 the product was commercialized in Europe and five years later also in the United States.
The seventies, therefore, were the absolute domain for this new product of the music industry, revolutionizing its diffusion as never before in history.
Ottens was also part of the team that participated in the second great milestone of the industry: the compact disk, again a project of the Sony and Philips brands that was presented for the first time in 1982.
It is estimated that after its commercial debut more than 200,000 million CDs were sold in the world; practically double its predecessor support.