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Philo Farnsworth

1906 - 1971

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Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971) was an American inventor and television pioneer. He made many crucial contributions to the early development of all-electronic television. He is best known for his 1927 invention of the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device (video camera tube), the image dissector, as well as the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philo Farnsworth has received more than 2,293,756 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Philo Farnsworth is the 194th most popular inventor (up from 219th in 2019), the 2,784th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,365th in 2019) and the 46th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Philo Farnsworth ranks 194 out of 354Before him are Charles Xavier Thomas, Lars Magnus Ericsson, Narcís Monturiol, Sandford Fleming, Édouard Branly, and Samuel Pierpont Langley. After him are Oskar Barnack, William Murdoch, John Kemp Starley, Yuan Longping, Hovannes Adamian, and Lagâri Hasan Çelebi.

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Among people born in 1906, Philo Farnsworth ranks 118Before him are Antal Doráti, Chester Carlson, Denis de Rougemont, Hamazasp Babadzhanian, Samad Vurgun, and Piero Taruffi. After him are Jean Dieudonné, Mary Astor, Princess Anne of Orléans, Mohammad-Hossein Shahriar, Anton Karas, and Sait Faik Abasıyanık. Among people deceased in 1971, Philo Farnsworth ranks 72Before him are August Derleth, John W. Campbell, T. V. Soong, Joseph Valachi, Royal Rife, and Viktor Patsayev. After him are József Zakariás, Amet-khan Sultan, Mak Dizdar, Dimitrios Loundras, Yrjö Väisälä, and Paul Lévy.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Philo Farnsworth ranks 2,784 out of 18,182Before him are James Remar (1953), Heather Locklear (1961), Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834), Susan Wojcicki (1968), Clair Cameron Patterson (1922), and Machine Gun Kelly (1990). After him are Jack Johnson (1878), Dan Quayle (1947), Darlene Hard (1936), Gerry Mulligan (1927), Fiorello H. La Guardia (1882), and Ernest Guiraud (1837).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Philo Farnsworth ranks 46Before him are Melvil Dewey (1851), Garrett Morgan (1877), George Pullman (1831), Royal Rife (1888), J. Presper Eckert (1919), and Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834). After him are John Wesley Hyatt (1837), Eli Whitney (1765), Larry Sanger (1968), Raymond Damadian (1936), Laurens Hammond (1895), and Marcian Hoff (1937).