The television and television broadcasting were not discovered or invented by any single person. The three who had the most impact were Willoughby Smith, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow and John Logie Baird.Continue Reading
Willoughby Smith discovered the photoconductivity in the element selenium in 1873. This led to Nipkow's invention of the scanning disk in 1884. He patented the first electromechanical television system that same year. Variations of Nipkow's spinning-disk, or image rasterizer, became exceedingly common and was used until 1939.
John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of televised silhouettes in motion on March 25, 1925. He held it at Selfridge's Department Store in London.Learn more about Inventions
No single person is credited with the invention of the toothpick. Grooves on the teeth of Neanderthal and Homo sapiens skulls suggest that they used a tool to remove materials from their teeth. Charles Forster was the first to mass produce toothpicks for the American market in the mid-19th century.Full Answer >
Engineer Ralph H. Baer worked for a television manufacturer and came up with the idea to incorporate an electronic video game into a TV set to increase sales. The company rejected his plan, but Baer eventually developed a prototype console in 1967.Full Answer >
According to a BBC history article, John Logie Baird invented television because for many decades it had been a preoccupation of many scientists and inventors, and he had the natural ingenuity to accomplish the task. A biography of John Baird on Virtual Scotland, the official Scottish tourist website, further states that Baird's success was due to his perseverance in both the experimental and business phases of the project.Full Answer >
Some inventions of the modern age are the telephone, the light bulb, the airplane and television. Other important inventions of the modern age are the automobile and computer.Full Answer >