History of Wireless: Philo Farnsworth

March 28, 2013, 9:04 am

Philo Farnsworth

Wireless Radio Transmission

Philo Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971) was an American inventor and television pioneer.

A freshly plowed field inspired the Utah farm boy to employ the back and forth motion used to plow a field as the basis for his ‘Image Dissector’ which he developed before his fifteenth birthday and successfully demonstrated when he was twenty-one.

The Image Dissector was an early all-electric means of wirelessly transmitting video and was the foundation of analog television. Farnsworth obtained over 300 patents in the fields of television, radar, and nuclear fusion over his lifetime.

Plowed Field