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2000 Technology Review - "Who Really Invented Television?"
 by Evan I. Schwartz


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September-October Issue

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"Who Really Invented Television -- Revisionist history says RCA, but in truth it was a Mormon farm boy named Farnsworth.  His struggles presaged the battle between Bill Gates and Netscape."

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Intent Inventor: 1929, eight years after dreaming up electronic TV, Philo T. Farnsworth fiddles with a transmitter.

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Lights, Camera, Action: Pem Farnsworth (93 in 2001) smiled under extremely harsh lights to star in some of the earliest TV transmissions. (Upper right photo).  Philo and his secretary admire the first mobile TV camera in 1934 (left photo).  Then, in 1935, Philo was hard at work in his lab (Lower right hand photo).

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Photograph of Farnsworth Television Set in the Early 1930s

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"Peewee, a toy Boston Bulldog, watches his owner, Ms. Doris Brownlee, in a test of a home receiving cabinet in the San Francisco laboratory of the Farnsworth Television Company" (Page 48 of "The History of Television" by Norm Goldstein, published 1991).  The picture on the tube is probably pasted-in.

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Off-the-screen photograph of an image transmitted by electrical scanning (using the dissector camera tube), in the Farnsworth laboratories in Philadelphia, in 1935.  Taken from the face of the CRT, which measured six by eight inches.  (scan replicates image on page 35 of reference book stated above, and the focus is as you see it).

 


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