Philo T. Farnsworth: The Invention Of Television

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Philo T. Farnsworth by Megan Liddiard

One of the most influential people of the 20th century was Philo T. Farnsworth. He is best known for the invention of television. Philo T. Farnsworth was born on August 19, 1906 on a farm near Beaver, Utah. The farm he lived on did not have electricity, so when his family moved to a home that was powered, he found electricity fascinating. "By the age of 13 he had won his first national contest, sponsored by Science and Invention magazine, for a thief-proof lock." When Farnsworth was in high school, he did very well. He drew a picture that explained his belief that by controlling the speed and direction of fast-flying electrons, he could transform electricity into pictures. He showed the picture to his chemistry teacher, who kept it. “Farnsworth attended Brigham Young University for two years, but learned most of what he knew about physics from correspondence classes he took from the University of Utah.” Then Philo’s father died, and the family did not have enough money for him to continue school. In 1926, Farnsworth married Elma Gardner. He then moved to California and had two children, Philo T. Farnsworth Jr. and Kenneth Gardner Farnsworth.
Philo continued to think about his idea. However, he had no money to help him further develop it. Then, two
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“And each time we catch sight of a television screen, we can ask ourselves, how much longer might this invention have taken to appear, and in what lesser form might it have been invented, without Farnsworth's unique insights…” As a young boy raised in Utah, he wasn’t exposed to electricity. When his family moved to Idaho, Philo was interested in the concept of electricity because he wasn’t used to it. If Farnsworth had been born in a more developed state or city, he would have been exposed to electricity at a young age and may not have been

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