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** THE HISTORY ** Some of the main players
John Logie Baird  Mr. Baird was the most prolific inventor during television's early
years. A few of his many "firsts" include: television of moving human faces, (1926);
Infra-red television, (1926); Television recordings, (1926/7); trans-Atlantic television,
(1928); color television, (1928); theater television, (1930); outdoor broadcasts,
(1931). In later years he developed the first color and 3-D, 600 line receiver, (1939).
He continued to regularly contribute to the advancement of television until his death
in 1946. Much of the time, Baird was way ahead of all the others.
Philo T. Farnsworth As a farm boy at the age of 15, "Phil" Farnsworth came up with
his idea of a complete electronic television system, the same system that continues to
form much of the basis for television to this day. Some twelve years later in 1927, he
produced the world's first all-electronic television picture. All this while many "experts"
in the field were using and promoting soon to be obsolete mechanical means.
Charles  F. Jenkins Mr. Jenkins provided one of the earliest demonstrations of
practical television in the United States in 1925. His demonstration consisted of the
transmission and reception of a slowly revolving toy windmill. He was a pioneer
inventor in the field of motion pictures and much of his work in television had to do
with the transmission of movie films into the home.
Ulises A. Sanabria   At the age of 19 using a lens disk scanner, he demonstrated the
first television in Chicago. This was only four months after C. F. Jenkins gave his
windmill demonstration. He went on to form the Western Television Company,
producing the first commercial receivers to use interlaced scanning for which he held
the patent. He went on to build 24 television transmitting stations, all using the
interlaced Sanabria system.
Vladimir K. Zworykin  Mr. Zworykin is probably best known for his work on the
Iconoscope. But he also deserves recognition for his important work on related
subjects such as photo-cells, cathode-ray tubes and the scanning electron
microscope. His work in television really began in 1923 and he soon recognized the
limitations of the mechanical systems. By 1930, he had turned his attention entirely to
the problems of electronic television.
Early Chicago History  This page contains information regarding events and history
of early television in Chicago Illinois.