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Philo T Farnsworth II was born on august 191906 in Indian Creek Utah Philo was the oldest of five children His parents were Serena Bastain and Lewis Edwin Farnsworth Philo received his name from his grandfather Philo T Farnsworth I Although early in his childhood he lived with no electricity he was entertained bye having conversations with his father about inventions his father read about on a magazine Later on he and his family moved to a farm in Idaho this farm had its own power plant Eventually Philo mastered the lighting system and was put in charge of it It is said that it never ran smoother In 1920 Philo Farnsworth read in a magazine that inventors were attempting to transmit visual images bye mechanical means It was then that young Farnsworth proposed that visual images could be transmitted electronically He work for the next to years on developing a method of transmitting visual images electronically Philo was convinced that this would be much better than mechanical means In 1922 he came up with the basic design for the apparatus Philo shared these designs with his high school chemistry teacher Justin Tolman While working as a canvasser Philo became friends with a businessman bye the name of George Everson George Everson and Leslie Gorrell invested 6000 dollars With additional backing from group of bankers Farnsworth was given a research lab in San Francisco and a year to prove his concepts Philo married his wife Elma Pem Gardner on May 271926 the next day he left for San Francisco On September 71927 Farnsworth gathered his friends and engineering colleagues and show them the first ever transmitted visual image The image was of Philo Farnsworths wife and assistant After his success went public RCA became aggressively competitive with Philo for control over the television market and challenged the patent for Philo television invention It was taken to court and Philo Farnsworth won with the testimony of
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