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Farnsworth patents the Electronic Television

On August 26, 1930, inventor Philo Farnsworth obtained patents for the first all-electronic television system (U.S. 1,773,980). With the use of Farnsworth's famous image dissector camera tube, images could be transmitted to a receiver without the help of any mechanical parts. The image dissector described in the patent was designed by Farnsworth when he was only 15 years old, and along with the television system, opened the door for new innovations in the transmitting and receiving of images on televisions. Philo Farnsworth has received many posthumous awards for his work. He has been inducted into the San Francisco Hall of Fame, the Television Academy Hall of Fame, and the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Born in Utah, a statue of Farnsworth represents the state in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol. 

 Books in our collection: 

 Philo T. Farnsworth : the father of television by Donald G Godfrey

The boy genius and the mogul : the untold story of television by Daniel Stashower

The last lone inventor : a tale of genius, deceit, and the birth of television by Evan I Schwartz