Electrical engineer who created several key components that made the first televisions possible. His firm, the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation, produced his electronic television system commercially from 1938 to 195.
An avid reader of Popular Science magazine in his youth, he managed by his teenage years to wire the family's house for electricity.
He achieved his first television transmission at the age of 21, but the images were too bright and too hot, and he spent the next few years refining his process.
He grew up near the town of Beaver in southwestern Utah, his father a follower of the Brigham Young, who lived in a log cabin built by his own father.
He based a lot of his research on the work done by John Logie Baird, another great contributor to television technology.