Karl Ferdinand


Birthday June 6, 1850

Birth Sign Gemini

Birthplace Germany

DEATH DATE Apr 20, 1918 (67)

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German physicist who invented the cathode ray tube and contributed to wireless communication technology.

Before Fame

He already had an important teaching post at a local college at just 30 years of age.


His invention made television and radio possible.

Family Life

He came from a family of modest means and took up teaching on his father's advice because it was a reliable profession.

Associated With

His ideas for radio were borrowed by Guglielmo Marconi for Marconi's research into radio. This was by Marconi's own admission.