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Philo T. Farnsworth (I) (1906–1971)

Farnsworth and his team produced the first all-electronic TV picture on 7 September, 1927. At 14, while plowing on the family farm, he was inspired by looking at the harrow lines in the field he had just completed. From there, the concept developed of magnetically deflecting electrons in rows across a screen to create an image. He told his first ... See full bio »


(age 64) in Holladay, Utah, USA

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 1957 I've Got a Secret (TV Series)
- Episode dated 3 July 1957 (1957) ... Himself
 1939/I Popular Science (Documentary short)
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 1935/I Popular Science (Documentary short)
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 1999-2000 Modern Marvels (TV Series documentary)
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- Television: Window to the World (1999) ... Himself
 1997 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- Big Dream, Small Screen (1997) ... Himself

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"The damned thing works!" - Telegram to one of his backers on September 7, 1927, the day Farnsworth transmitted the image of a horizontal line to a receiver in the adjacent room of his San Francisco laboratory.


Children: Philo, Kenneth, Russell, Kent. See more »


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