Show Notes: Philo T. Farnsworth

Tracy Wilson

On July 30, 1935, Philo T. Farnsworth demonstrates his TV system to a group of newsmen and radio experts. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

If you watch "Futurama" or "Warehouse 13," you've probably heard the name "Farnsworth." (And if you're a "Warehouse 13" fan and an iPhone person, you may even have the old iOS app to turn your iPhone into a virtual Farnsworth device.) Philo T. Farnsworth essentially invented television in his head when he was still a teenager, and he started filing patent applications for his invention in 1927. But, in a story similar to the invention of the sewing machine, what came after involved legal land-grabs and some shady business.

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