Philo Farnsworth

August 31, 2023

The inventor of television, Philo Farnsworth, did not allow his children to watch television because he was afraid they would become stupid.


~ August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971
~ American inventor best known for his 1927 invention of the first fully functional all-electronic television system (US1773980A)
~ also contributed to significant developments in nuclear fusion, radar, night vision devices, the electron microscope, baby incubators, and the infrared telescope
~ holds or held over 300 US and foreign patents
~ Full Name: Philo Taylor Farnsworth II
~ Education: Brigham Young University (no degree) – Mormon
~ inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Television Academy Hall of Fame
~ married to Elma “Pem” Gardner and had 4 sons

“Pioneered by Scottish engineer John Logie Baird in 1925, the few mechanical television systems in use at the time employed spinning disks with holes to scan the scene, generate the video signal, and display the picture. These mechanical television systems were cumbersome, subject to frequent breakdowns, and capable of producing only blurry, low-resolution images. Farnsworth knew that replacing the spinning disks with an all-electronic scanning system would produce better images for transmission to a receiver. On September 7, 1927, Farnsworth’s solution, the image dissector camera tube, transmitted its first image—a single straight line—to a receiver in another room of his laboratory at his San Francisco laboratory.”

mechanical television
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Biography of Philo Farnsworth, American Inventor and TV Pioneer:

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