In 1951, Stefan Kudelski, a gifted 22-year-old engineer, developed an extremely high quality, miniature, self-contained audio recorder which he named simply the “Nagra I”. Nagra is a Polish word meaning “will record”. The interest in his invention was immediate. The Nagra II and III followed in the mid to late ‘50s revolutionizing the world of radio broadcasting, cinema and music.
In recognition of his contribution to culture and science, the Nagra Company received numerous awards including Oscars® in 1978 and 1991. Today Nagra enjoys universal fame and the word “Nagra” describes either an authentic Nagra recorder or is a generic term for a sound recorder.