Philo Farnsworth

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Philo FarnsworthName: Philo Taylor Farnsworth

Born: August 19, 1906 near Beaver, Utah, USA

Death: March 11, 1971 (Age: 64)

Computer-related contributions

  • American inventor and television pioneer.
  • Inventor of the first electronic television.
  • Invented the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device (video camera tube), the "image dissector".
  • Had over 300 United States and foreign patents.

Honors and awards

  • In 1999, TIME magazine included Farnsworth in "The TIME 100: The Most Important People of the Century"


"There's nothing on it worthwhile, and we're not going to watch it in this household, and I don't want it in your intellectual diet."
(to his son, on television)