"There's nothing on it worthwhile,
and we're not going to watch it in this household, and I don't want it
in your intellectual diet." - Philo Farnsworth's feelings about
American engineer, Philo Farnsworth
was born on August 19, 1906, on Indian Creek in Beaver County, Utah. His
parents expected him to become a concert violinist, but his interests drew
him to experiments with electricity. At the age of 12, he built an electric
motor and produced the first electric washing machine his family had ever
Philo Farnsworth attended Brigham
Young University in Utah, where he researched television picture transmission.
While in high school, Philo Farnsworth had already conceived of his ideas
for television. In 1926, he cofounded Crocker Research Laboratories, which
he later renamed Farnsworth Television, Inc. in 1929 (and as Farnsworth
Radio and Television Corporation in 1938.)
In 1927, Philo Farnsworth was the
first inventor to transmit a television image comprised of 60 horizontal
lines. The image transmitted was a dollar sign. Farnsworth developed the
dissector tube, the basis of all current electronic televisions. He filed
for his first television patent in 1927 (pat#1,773,980.) Although he won
an early patent for his image dissection tube, he lost later patent battles
to RCA. Philo Farnsworth went on to invent over 165 different devices including
equipment for converting an optical image into an electrical signal, amplifier,
cathode-ray, vacuum tubes, electrical scanners, electron multipliers and
Philo Farnsworth died on March 11,
1971, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Philo Taylor Farnsworth
Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented
the current system of television transmission and reception.
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