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Inventors Television History - The History of TV

Broadcasting Pioneers: The Many Innovators Behind Television History

Overview - Timeline of TV Development

Paul Gottlieb Nipkow - Mechanical Television History
German, Paul Nipkow developed a rotating-disc technology to transmit pictures over wire in 1884 called the Nipkow disk. This was the very first electromechanical TV scanning system. Nipkow's system was abandoned early in the history of TV for the electronic systems developed by later inventors.

John Logie Baird - Mechanical
John Logie Baird is remembered as being an inventor of mechanical television. Mechanical television, an earlier version of TV that was discontinued, was developed in late 1920s in England. During W.W.II,  Baird developed the first color picture tube. Learn about Baird's mechanical television system.

Charles Francis Jenkins - Mechanical
What John Logie Baird did towards the development and promotion of mechanical television in Britain, Charles Francis Jenkins did for North America. Jenkins invented a mechanical television system called radiovision and claimed to have transmitted the earliest moving silhouette images on June 14, 1923.

The History of the Cathode Ray Tube
Electronic television is based on the development of the cathode ray tube, which is the picture tube found in modern TV sets. German scientist, Karl Braun invented the cathode ray tube oscilloscope (CRT) in 1897.

Vladimir Kosma Zworykin - Electronic Television History
Vladimir Kosma Zworykin invented the cathode-ray tube called the kinescope in 1929, a tube needed for TV transmission. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin also invented the iconoscope, an early television camera. See the personal photographs of television pioneer Dr. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin and his involvement with television history.

Philo T. Farnsworth - Electronic
The full story of Philo T. Farnsworth. Philo T. Farnsworth was the farm boy who conceived the basic operating principles of electronic television at the age of just 13 years. Learn about Philo T. Farnsworth and the "Television System." See the patent drawings of Philo T. Farnsworth's inventions.

Books on Television History
Books about the complete history of TV, early black and white, color, and digital systems. The evolution of studio cameras, video recording and broadcast equipment and the interesting biographies about TV innovators such as Farnsworth, Baird, and Zworykin.


Color Television
Color TV was by no means a new idea, a German patent in 1904 contained the earliest proposal, while in 1925 Zworykin filed a patent disclosure for an all-electronic color television system. Learn about the RCA color television system - Living Color - The history of early color television.

Louis Parker - Television Receiver
Louis Parker invented the modern changeable television receiver. The patent was issued to Louis Parker in 1948.

The History of Cable TV
Cable television, formerly known as Community Antenna Television or CATV, was born in the mountains of Pennsylvania in the late 1940's. 

The History of Closed Captioning TV
TV closed captions are captions that are hidden in the television video signal, invisible without a special decoder. 

Rabbit Ears - Antennae
Marvin Middlemark invented "rabbit ears", the "V" shaped TV antennae. Among Middlemark's other inventions were a water-powered potato peeler and rejuvenating tennis ball machine.

Remote Controls
It was in June of 1956, that the TV remote controller first entered the American home. The first TV remote control called "Lazy Bones," was developed in 1950 by Zenith Electronics Corporation (then known as Zenith Radio Corporation).

Web TV
Web TV was rolled out in 1996.

Plasma TV
The very first prototype for a plasma display monitor was invented in 1964 by Donald Bitzer, Gene Slottow, and Robert Willson. 

 Broadcasting History

Origins of Children's Programming
The American Broadcasting Company first aired Saturday morning TV shows for children on August 19, 1950.

Broadcasting History - Websites
Milestones in the Evolution of Technology,
Television History - The First 75 Years, Early Television Foundation, Museum of TV, Television History Milestones, Television History Timeline

Related Information
Video Recorders, Video Tape, Video Camera
Sound Recording
Edwin Howard Armstrong
Edwin Howard Armstrong invented a method of receiving high frequency oscillations, which is part of every radio and TV in use today.

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