Thursday, March 13, 2008

SF Patent #2 -- Television

For those who thought "Nash Bridges" was San Francisco's primary contribution to television, I present Philo Taylor Farnsworth.

While still a teenager in rural Utah, Farnsworth came up with a method for projecting pictures using electricity but he lacked the resources to develop it. After he graduated high school, he attended Brigham Young University and found the necessary material support to develop his ideas.

He set up a laboratory in San Francisco and, at the age of 21, was granted U.S. Patent number 2168768 for the Farnsworth Television Method, which was introduced to the world as television in 1928.

For more information about Farnsworth, check out Biography Resource Center (library card required). Time Magazine also featured him in the "Time 100."

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