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HKN Eminent Member Spotlight: Philo T. Farnsworth, the Father of Television

By September 1, 2021 No Comments
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In 1922, while still in high school, Philo T. Farnsworth conceived the world’s first all-electronic television. In 1927, he unveiled his all-electronic television prototype made possible by a video camera tube or “image dissector.” This was the same device that Farnsworth sketched in high school.

His invention paved the way for the modern television and numerous other devices and systems. At the time of his death in 1971, Farnsworth held more than 300 US and foreign patents for electronic and mechanical devices, including television parts, a baby incubator, an infrared telescope, and an array of “fusors” that produced 30-second nuclear fusion reactions.

Philo T. Farnsworth, father of television, is an HKN Honorary Eminent Member. His affiliation with HKN goes back even further: He was recognized with an Honorable Mention for the 1937 Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award.

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