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Mario Cardullo Papers

Identifier: MS2387

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents, records, photographs, slides, negatives, transparencies, newspaper clippings, journals, publications, reports, correspondence, memos, personal files and receipts from Mario Cardullo. The material dates from 1955 to 2005.


  • 1953-2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that he owns copyright, the donor has retained copyright in his works donated to The George Washington University. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For activities that the researcher determines fall under fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights, determining if the intended re-use falls under fair use, and obtaining approval from the copyright holder if the intended use does not fall under fair use. Researchers do not need anything further from The George Washington University Special Collections Research Center. Please contact Special Collections if the copyright status of the materials you wish to reuse is unclear. Staff will provide additional information.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Mario William Cardullo (b. May 16, 1935) is a prolific inventor and writer, most known for creating the modern RFID. He received his BMA and MME at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now the New York University Tandon School of Engineering), his MEA at the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his PhD in Information Technology from George Mason University. He worked as a System Engineer for Bellcomm, Inc., contributing to the Apollo Program. Cardullo later worked for Communications Satellite Corp, where he worked on maritime communications satellites in 1966. He developed the RDIF-TAG in 1969. He holds numerous patents for his inventions, and has served as a college professor and adjunct. Cardullo has published over 200 works, including 2 textbooks, and several papers and articles. Among other accolades, Cardullo was selected for the Engineering Hall of Fame at The George Washington University in 2007, was nominated to the US Patent Office Hall of Fame in 2010 and has received the Bronze Medal for Outstanding Service from the US Department of Energy.


18 Linear Feet (16 letter document boxes, 4 slim document boxes, 1 7x6.5x5 box, 1 12x17.5x4 box, 1, 22x28x1.5 box. )




This collection contains documents, records, photographs and other materials related to Mario Cardullo. The material dates from 1955 to 2005. Dr. Cardullo was a writer and inventor, most known for creating modern radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. In addition, he held numerous other patents.


The collection is divided into 3 series, Education, Professional, and Personal and Office Records. The Professional series is divided into 8 sub-series, with each series representing a company Cardullo worked for. The sub-series are arranged chronologically. Within each series and subseries, folders are arranged chronologically and folders that are undated are arranged alphabetically, and placed after the chronologically ordered folders.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mario Cardullo, 2019 (2019.037)
Guide to the Mario Cardullo Papers, 1953-2005
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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Washington 20052 United States of America