Philo T Farnsworth

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Philo Taylor Farnsworth Was an American inventor in the early 1900’s and considered the father of television for his invention of what is known as the Electric Television. This invention was used in conjunction with Vladimir K. Zworykin’s Cathode Ray Tube which was used in many common electrical appliances up until the past 15 years in which Transistors and Crystal Displays have become the standard for use in electronics. Farnsworth was born August 19, 1906 near what is now known as Beaver, Utah by Mormon couple Lewis Edwin Farnsworth and Serena Amanda Bastian who lived in a log cabin up until a small amount of time after Philo’s Birth. In 1918 Philo and his family moved to Rigby, Idaho. Upon to his family’s relocation to Idaho he was pleased to find out that his new home was wired for electricity by what was known as a Delco generator which allowed for energy for farm equipment and lighting. He quickly self-taught himself and learned personal study in mechanical and electrical technology, he would repair the troublesome delcor generator, and upon finding a burned out electric motor among some items discarded by the previous tenants, proceeding to rewind the armature and convert his mother's hand-powered washing machine into an electric-powered one. Philo developed his early interest in electronics after his first telephone conversation with an out-of-state relative and the discovery of a large cache of technology magazines in the attic of the family’s new home, he won a $25 first prize in a pulp-magazine contest for inventing a magnetized car lock which would be one of his first childhood inventions. He would later attend Rigby High School where he was strong subjects were chemistry and physics and one day while in class He asked his high school science teacher, Justin Tolman, for advice about an electronic television system in which he was thinking of…...

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