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Farnsworth in 1939
Philo Taylor Farnsworth

(1906-08-19)August 19, 1906
Died March 11, 1971(1971-03-11) (aged 64)
Resting place Provo City Cemetery,
Provo, Utah
Nationality American
Employer Philco, Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation, International Telephone and Telegraph
Known for Inventor of the first fully electronic television; over 169 United States and foreign patents
Spouse(s) Elma "Pem" Gardner (1926–71; his death)
Children 4 sons
Relatives Agnes Ann Farnsworth (sister)

Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 - March 11, 1971) was an American inventor. He was from Beaver, Utah and grew up in Idaho. He was a Mormon and went to college at Brigham Young University.

He is one of several people who can claim to have invented television. He invented the picture tube and built the first all-electric TV set. He had built his first prototype in 1927, and presented it in 1928. For the next few years, Farnsworth fought a battle with RCA over his patents. By 1936, he was filming television programs. He did a lot of research in nuclear fusion. He also invented the modern method of air-traffic control.

A statue of Farnsworth represents Utah in the United States Capitol.

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