Broadcasting Pioneers: The Many Innovators Behind Television History
Overview - Timeline of TV Development
Paul Gottlieb Nipkow - Mechanical Television History
German, Paul Nipkow developed a rotating-disc technology to transmit pictures over wire in 1884 called the Nipkow disk. This was the very first electromechanical TV scanning system. Nipkow's system was abandoned early in the history of TV for the electronic systems developed by later inventors.
John Logie Baird - Mechanical
John Logie Baird is remembered as being an inventor of mechanical television. Mechanical television, an earlier version of TV that was discontinued, was developed in late 1920s in England. During W.W.II, Baird developed the first color picture tube. Learn about Baird's mechanical television system.
Charles Francis Jenkins - Mechanical
What John Logie Baird did towards the development and promotion of mechanical television in Britain, Charles Francis Jenkins did for North America. Jenkins invented a mechanical television system called radiovision and claimed to have transmitted the earliest moving silhouette images on June 14, 1923.
The History of the Cathode Ray Tube
Electronic television is based on the development of the cathode ray tube, which is the picture tube found in modern TV sets. German scientist, Karl Braun invented the cathode ray tube oscilloscope (CRT) in 1897.
Vladimir Kosma Zworykin - Electronic Television History
Vladimir Kosma Zworykin invented the cathode-ray tube called the kinescope in 1929, a tube needed for TV transmission. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin also invented the iconoscope, an early television camera. See the personal photographs of television pioneer Dr. Vladimir Kosma Zworykin and his involvement with television history.
Philo T. Farnsworth - Electronic
The full story of Philo T. Farnsworth. Philo T. Farnsworth was the farm boy who conceived the basic operating principles of electronic television at the age of just 13 years. Learn about Philo T. Farnsworth and the "Television System." See the patent drawings of Philo T. Farnsworth's inventions.
Books on Television History
Books about the complete history of TV, early black and white, color, and digital systems. The evolution of studio cameras, video recording and broadcast equipment and the interesting biographies about TV innovators such as Farnsworth, Baird, and Zworykin.