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Published on March 28, 2013
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.