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Mario Cardullo Papers

Identifier: MS2387-UA

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 2013.


  • 1953-2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Series 2, Subseries 10 contains confidential correspondence regarding patent information. Special Collections will review materials in this subseries before researchers can access this subseries. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

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 (1935-) is an inventor and writer, who created the modern RFID (passive radio identification) in 1969. He received his BMA and MME at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, his MEA at the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his PhD in Information Technology from George Mason University.

Cardullo was born on May 16, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1953. His first job after college was at the Lake Denmark, New Jersey Naval Air Rocket Test Station, developing rocket propulsion engines. He worked as a System Engineer for Bellcomm, Inc., contributing to the Apollo Program; and for Communications Satellite Corp, where he worked on maritime communications satellites. 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. Additionally, he served as a consultant to local Catholic Churches, hosted a local cooking show from 1977-1983 and opened an Italian fast food restaurant called Yankee Noodle Dandy in the 1980s.

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. He was also the oldest graduate during the 2013 Commencement Ceremonies at George Mason University, where he received his PhD.


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This collection contains documents, records, photographs and other materials related to Mario Cardullo. The material dates from 1955 to 2013. 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 12 sub-series, with each series representing a company Cardullo worked for, as well as patents, publications and miscellaneous files.

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). An addition was donated by Mario Cardullo in 2021 (2021.021).

Guide to the Mario Cardullo Papers, 1953-2013
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Repository Details

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

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Washington 20052 United States of America