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Television inventors and pioneers

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  • David Sarnoff (1891 - 1971)
    American businessman and pioneer of American commercial radio and television. As a young man in April 1912, He received the first notification of the foundering of the R.M.S. Titanic from a Marconi rci...
  • Manfred Baron von Ardenne (1907 - 1997)
    Manfred von Ardenne (20 January 1907 – 26 May 1997) was a German research and applied physicist and inventor. He took out approximately 600 patents in fields including electron microscopy, medical tech...
  • Alan Blumlein (1903 - 1942)
    Alan Dower Blumlein (born June 29, 1903 in Hampstead, London, died June 7, 1942) was an electronics engineer who made many inventions in telecommunications, sound recording, stereo, television and ra...
  • Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton (1863 - 1930)
    Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton, FRS (1863, Kimmerghame House, Berwickshire – 1930, London) was a Scottish consulting electrical engineer. He began experimenting around 1903 with the use of cathode r...
  • Philo Taylor Farnsworth, Sr. (1906 - 1971)
    Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971) was an American inventor. He is best known for inventing the first completely electronic television. In particular, he was the first to make a...

The inventors and pioneers of television span several countries over many decades. The fundamental principles of television were initially explored using electromechanical methods to scan, transmit and reproduce an image. As electronic camera and display tubes were perfected, electromechanical television gave way to all-electronic broadcast television systems in nearly all applications.

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