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Philo Farnsworth

Inventor, Physicist (19-Aug-1906 — 11-Mar-1971)


George Everson. The Story of Television: The Life of Philo T. Farnsworth. New York: W. W. Norton. 1949. 266pp.

Elma G. Farnsworth. Distant Vision: Romance and Discovery on an Invisible Frontier. Salt Lake City: PemberlyKent. 1990. 333pp.

Donald G. Godfrey. Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television. University of Utah Press. 2001. 307pp.

Paul Schatzkin. The Boy Who Invented Television: A Story of Inspiration, Persistence and Quiet Passion. Silver Spring, MD: Teamcom Books. 2002. 283pp.

Evan I. Schwartz. The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television. New York: HarperCollins. 2003. 352pp.

Daniel Stashower. The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television. New York: Broadway Books. 2002. 277pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Webster's American Biographies (p.332)

  6. Les Brown's Encyclopedia of Television (p.185)

  7. The Encyclopedia of Television (vol.1, p.595)

  8. The New York Times Encyclopedia of Television (p.142)

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