Philo Farnsworth, Idaho Inventor of TV, Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Posted by George Prentice on Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Philo Farnsworth

Tomorrow night in Hollywood, the late Philo Farnsworth—a native of the eastern Idaho town of Rigby—will be inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Next to the Emmy Awards, its television's biggest night and highest honor.

Farnsworth, who died in 1971, is credited as the inventor of the first fully functional, all-electronic television system, demonstrating it to the public in 1928.

But Farnsworth's invention was pirated by David Sarnoff, the president of RCA (which would later become NBC), as dramatised in the Broadway play The Farnsworth Invention, written by Aaron Sorkin.

Monday night, Farnsworth's survivors will accept the television academy's honor alongside this year's other inductees, which include actor/director Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels, CBS President Les Moonves, CBS journalist Bob Schieffer and writer/producer Dick Wolf, best known for creating the Law and Order franchise.

This year's inductees are the 22nd annual collection of television pioneers to be honored.

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Posted by Jennie Farnsworth on 03/10/2013 at 8:40 PM

About time Mr Philo Farnsworth was recognized for his brillance and achievement. Too bad it took so long.

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Posted by Wendyjo on 03/10/2013 at 11:47 PM

Better late than never! Congrats to all of our family members who keep Phil's memory alive!

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Posted by Linda Farnsworth on 03/15/2013 at 1:20 PM

Its too bad that the creator of the world's greatest mind control device didn't get to enjoy the credit in his lifetime... I remember going to school with Casey Farnsworth in Boise, ID. when she gave a fascinating report on the inventors creation... I remember it still 30 plus years later... Thanks...

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