The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television by Daniel Stashower

By Daniel Stashower

The realm recalls Edison, Ford, and the Wright Brothers. yet what approximately Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of tv, an innovation that did up to the other to form the 20th century? that question lies on the middle of The Boy Genius and the Mogul, Daniel Stashower's appealing chronicle of television's actual inventor, the conflict he confronted to capitalize on his step forward, and the strong forces that ended in the cave in of his dreams.

The son of a Mormon farmer, Farnsworth was once born in 1906 in a single-room log cabin on an remoted dwelling house in Utah. The Farnsworth kin farm had no radio, no cell, and no electrical energy. but, encouraged through the tales of scientists and inventors he examine within the technology magazines of the day, younger Philo set his points of interest on changing into an inventor. by way of his early youngsters, Farnsworth had develop into an inveterate tinkerer, capable of fix damaged farm gear whilst nobody else may well. It was once inevitable that once he learn a piece of writing a few new thought -- for the transmission of images by way of radio waves--that he would wish to try it himself. in the future whereas he used to be strolling via a hay box, Farnsworth took be aware of the instantly, parallel traces of the furrows and anticipated a method of scanning a visible photo line by way of line and transmitting it to a distant reveal. He quickly sketched a diagram for an early tv digital camera tube. It was once 1921 and Farnsworth was once purely fourteen years old.

Farnsworth went directly to collage to pursue his reports of electric engineering yet was once compelled to hand over after years as a result of dying of his father. nevertheless, he quickly controlled to cajole a gaggle of California traders to set him up in his personal examine lab the place, in 1927, he produced the 1st all-electronic tv photo and later patented his invention. whereas Farnsworth's invention used to be a landmark, it was once additionally the start of a fight opposed to a big company energy that may devour a lot of his lifestyles. That company energy used to be embodied via a mythical media magnate, RCA President and NBC founder David Sarnoff, who claimed that his leader scientist had invented a mechanism for tv sooner than Farnsworth's. therefore the boy genius and the rich person have been locked in a war of words over who may keep an eye on the way forward for tv expertise and the mammoth fortune it represented. Farnsworth was once significantly outmatched by way of the media baron and his military of attorneys and public relatives humans, and, via the Forties, Farnsworth will be nearly forgotten as television's genuine inventor, whereas Sarnoff and his leader scientist may obtain the credits.

Restoring Farnsworth to his rightful position in heritage, The Boy Genius and the Mogul offers a bright portrait of a self-taught scientist whose brilliance allowed him to "capture mild in a bottle." A wealthy and dramatic tale of 1 man’s perseverance and the amazing occasions prime as much as the release of tv as we all know it, The Boy Genius and the magnate shines new mild on a big turning element in American background.

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Six Feet Under television program, 19 The Sopranos television program, 19 sports, 7, 15, 19, 23 stations, 6, 7, 16, 21–22, 25 Swinton, Campbell, 10 telegraphy, 4, 5, 7, 25 telephones, 5 television sets, 6, 7, 11, 12, 15–16 Texaco Star Theater variety show, 7 VCRs (videocassette recorders), 11, 12 videoconferencing, 20 Vietnam War, 18–19 virtual field trips, 20 wireless telegraphy, 5, 25 World’s Fair, 5, 26 Zworykin, Vladimir, 9–10 About the Author Michael Teitelbaum has been a writer and editor of children’s books and magazines for more than 25 years.

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Farnsworth: The Life of Television’s Forgotten Inventor. Bear, DE: Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2004. html For more on television’s forgotten inventor I N N O VAT I O N I N E N TE R TA I N M E N T 32 advertisers, 13, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25 All in the Family television program, 19, 27 Armstrong, Neil, 18 Arnaz, Desi, 28 Farnsworth, Philo, 10, 11, 25–26 back lots, 19 Ball, Lucille, 7, 28, 29 Bell, Alexander Graham, 5 Berle, Milton, 7 Braun, Karl, 9 HBO cable network, 19 high-definition televisions, 11, 12 history, 4–7, 8–12 Hoover, Herbert, 7 Hope, Bob, 7 cable television, 11, 19, 23 cameras, 9–10, 16, 20, 28 cathode-ray tubes, 9–10 CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System), 22, 28 cell phones, 12, 23 color, 11 commercials.

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