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Television inventors and pioneers

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  • Eugene Polley (1915 - 2012)
    Eugene Polley (November 29, 1915 – May 20, 2012) was an engineer and engineering manager for Zenith Electronics, most widely known for inventing the first wireless remote control for television.
  • Vladimir K. Zworykin (1889 - 1982)
  • 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...
  • Charles Francis Jenkins (1867 - 1934)
    Charles Francis Jenkins (August 22, 1867 – June 6, 1934) was an American pioneer of early cinema and one of the inventors of television, though he used mechanical rather than electronic techno...
  • 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...

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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