Philo T. Farnsworth


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Sam Christaldi

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Sam Christaldi on Philo T. Farnsworth

Elma Farnsworth

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Elma Farnsworth on the story of the birth of her husband, Philo T. Farnsworth
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's talents 
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's photographic memory
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's phone call with Albert Einstein
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo entering a contest in a magazine
Elma Farnsworth on Philo's idea for electronic television
Elma Farnsworth on getting engaged to Philo T. Farnsworth
Elma Farnsworth on Philo T. Farnsworth telling her his idea for electronic television
Elma Farnsworth on Philo T. Farnsworth hiring George Everson, Les Gorrell, and Cliff Gardner; on getting married
Elma Farnsworth on moving to Los Angeles with Philo T. Farnsworth to set up a laboratory
Elma Farnsworth on police mistaking her husband Philo's lab for a home distillery
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo patenting television in 1927
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo getting funding, and setting up materials and personnel for inventing television; on her role with the creation of television
Elma Farnsworth on the reaction of her and her husband, inventor Philo T. Farnsworth (and colleagues Cliff Gardner and Carl Christensen), on September 7, 1927 when he produced the first all-electronic TV picture (a simple straight line) with his Image Dissector tube
Elma Farnsworth on a visit to her husband electronic TV inventor Philo T. Farnsworth's lab from Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and producer Joseph Schenck so they could see television (and surmise its threat to the movie industry) circa early-1930s
Elma Farnsworth on the drawbacks to mechanical disc television and the obstacles Philo encountered when creating electronic television
Elma Farnsworth on famous visitors to Philo T. Farnsworth's lab, including Vladimir Zworykin
Elma Farnsworth on Philo T. Farnsworth raising funds to work on inventing television and forming his company, Television, Inc.
Elma Farnsworth on Philo T. Farnsworth's dollar sign demonstration of television for his financial backers
Elma Farnsworth on public demonstrations of television to interest people in licensing Philo T. Farnsworth's patents; on Philco licensing Farnsworth's television for an experimental television station and Phil leaving the company
Elma Farnsworth on Philo T. Farnsworth starting the Eastern division of Television, Inc., the patents the company held, and Philo's aspirations for television
Elma Farnsworth on Philo T. Farnsworth demonstrating television at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia - the first public demonstration of television in 1934
Elma Farnsworth on how young Philo balanced conducting research and doing chores while growing up on a farm
Elma Farnsworth on how her husband Philo T. Farnsworth used to solved problems while he slept
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth putting her image on television
Elma Farnsworth on RCA's David Sarnoff's attempts to buy Philo T. Farnsworth's patent for television
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth lobbying for a commercial television license
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's battle with RCA for electronic television's patents
Elma Farnsworth on RCA licensing Philo T. Farnsworth's patents in 1939 - the first time RCA ever licensed a patent 
Elma Farnsworth on the creation of the Farnsworth Radio and Television Corporation and their workings with John Logie Baird, creator of the mechanical spinning disc television system
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's difficulties with disloyal personnel and the formation of the Farnsworth Television and Radio Company
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's poor health circa 1940
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth avoiding the television demonstration at the 1939 World's Fair
Elma Farnsworth on the expiration of Philo T. Farnsworth's original television patents and the beginning of manufacturing television sets
Elma Farnsworth on the International Telephone and Telegraph Company purchasing Farnsworth Television and Radio Company and Philo T. Farnsworth working on satellites and space exploration
Elma Farnsworth on several of her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's inventions, including the baby incubator
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's camera tube being a part of the Apollo mission to the moon in 1969
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's fusion and hydroponic work, and his love of science fiction
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth being asked to work on The Manhattan Project
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's phone call with Albert Einstein
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's work on fusion at the end of his life
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's appearance on I've Got a Secret  (the same night Buster Keaton was on the program)
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's thoughts on commercial television towards the end of his life
Elma Farnsworth on why history has largely forgotten her husband, Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of electronic television
Elma Farnsworth on what she thinks her husband Philo T. Farnsworth might have changed if he had the chance to do so; on whether or not an underdog can win in the American system
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's determination and spirit
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's achievements with electronic television
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's achievements at such a young age
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's personality and strengths
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's colleagues
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's colleagues and people he looked up to in the field; on demonstrating electronic television for John Logie Baird (inventor of mechanical television)
Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's family members and their contributions to his work
Elma Farnsworth on a photo of a statue of her husband Philo T. Farnsworth holding an image dissector tube
Elma Farnsworth on a photo of her husband Philo T. Farnsworth's television demonstration at the Franklin Institute

Les Flory

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Les Flory on RCA's competition in television development - Philo T. Farnsworth
Les Flory on how much he was aware of the work of Philo T. Farnsworth, and differences between Farnsworth's system and RCA's
Les Flory on patent disputes between RCA and Philo T. Farnsworth

Jeff Kisseloff

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Jeff Kisseloff on his interview with Elma Farnsworth, wife of Philo Farnsworth, and Danny Simon

Charles Lisanby

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Charles Lisanby on meeting Philo Farnsworth at an early television demonstration at a Kentucky State Fair

Don Pike

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Don Pike on his earliest days in television with Philo T. Farnsworth and the early equipment and sets
Don Pike on meeting Philo T. Farnsworth and going to work for him
Don Pike on the shop where he worked with Philo T. Farnsworth and the equipment they used to build cameras and televisions
Don Pike on building early televisions for Philo T. Farnsworth 
Don Pike on manufacturing the tubes for Philo T. Farnsworth's televisions and how they worked
Don Pike on being involved in Philo T. Farnsworth's company Farnsworth Television and Radio
Don Pike on Farnsworth Television's facilities and its goals
Don Pike on Philo T. Farnsworth becoming ill and leaving his company, and other inventions that Farnsworth was working on
Don Pike on the patent battle between Farnsworth's company and RCA
Don Pike on the impact of Philo T. Farnsworth's declining health on his research, and RCA's iconoscope tube
Don Pike on the legacy of Philo T. Farnsworth

Romilly Rutherford

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Romilly Rutherford on going to work for Philo T. Farnsworth
Romilly Rutherford on the fire that led to him being hired by Philo T. Farnsworth
Romilly Rutherford on his hours and daily duties working for Philo T. Farnsworth
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth's lab
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth's activities in his lab
Romilly Rutherford on getting new equipment in Philo T. Farnsworth's lab
Romilly Rutherford on various people with whom he worked at Philo T. Farnsworth's lab
Romilly Rutherford on keeping the financiers of Philo T. Farnsworth's lab happy
Romilly Rutherford on the mood in the Farnsworth lab and the possible applications of his research
Romilly Rutherford on the first picture transmitted in Farnsworth's lab
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth as a manager
Romilly Rutherford on very early test broadcasts in Philo T. Farnsworth's lab
Romilly Rutherford on the competition to Philo T. Farnsworth's work
Romilly Rutherford on the publicity Philo T. Farnsworth received and how Farnsworth handled the press
Romilly Rutherford on famous visitors to Philo T. Farnsworth's lab
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth's lab during the Depression and moving the lab to Philadelphia 
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth's then-new Philco lab in Philadelphia and the progress made in the year he took off 
Romilly Rutherford on the then-new management at Philo T. Farnsworth's Philco lab in Philadelphia 
Romilly Rutherford on money and other obstacles faced by Philo T. Farnsworth and his Philco lab
Romilly Rutherford on being laid off by Philco in 1932 by Philo T. Farnsworth
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth leaving Philco and being hired to work for Farnsworth again at a different company
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth setting up a television studio in 1936
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth's feeling about the money making aspect of television and the beginnings of television as a medium
Romilly Rutherford on leaving Philo T. Farnsworth in 1937
Romilly Rutherford on Philo T. Farnsworth's later years
Romilly Rutherford on what he believes Philo T. Farnsworth would think about the then-current state of television and the legacy of his work

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