TV Pioneer Philo Farnsworth on 1957 Episode of I’ve Got a Secret by EDW Lynch at 6:38 pm on October 18, 2011 In 1957, Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the first fully functional electronic television, was the mystery guest on I’ve Got a Secret, a 20 questions style game show on CBS. The panelists were unable to identify him. It was Farnsworth’s only appearance on television. He won a carton of cigarettes for stumping the panel.
American inventor Philo Farnsworth built an electric motor at age 12. He was still a teenager when he designed the first all-electronic TV in the early 1920s. He went on to design many other things, including the basics of radar and an infrared telescope.
Philo Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – October 2, 1971) was an American inventor of television, inventing the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device (video camera tube), the "image dissector", the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system.
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Philo Farnsworth (1906-1971) was a serial inventor with a list of credited patents longer than his forehead. Among those patents was the one that made television possible: an "image dissector" that could capture images as a series of lines to be displayed electronically. If that isn't impressive enough for you, consider the fact that Farnsworth came up with the idea at age 14, while growing up on a farm in Idaho, and first demonstrated it at 21, in 1927.