Philo Farnsworth on I've Got A Secret





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Published on Feb 3, 2007

Philo T. Farnsworth: The Boy Who Invented Television.
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Thumbnail sketch: Philo T. Farnsworth was living on a farm in Rigby Idaho in 1921 when he figured out how to bounce electrons back and forth in a vacuum tube. In 1927 he demonstrated the 'proof of concept' in a lab in San Fransisco (see related video, "The First Picture.") In 1930 he obtained the critical patents for the art that made television possible, He fought with RCA over those patents through the rest of the 1930s, finally becoming the first outside inventor to win patent litigation against RCA in 1939.

By the time television became a household appliance, the name of its inventor was sufficiently lost to the public that he could appear on a TeeVee game show in 1957 and not a soul would recognize him.


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