JOHN LOGIE BAIRD | 1888-1946
PHILO T. FARNSWORTH | 1906-1971
CHARLES F. JENKINS | 1967-1934
ALLEN B. DUMONT | 1901-1965
VLADIMIR K. ZWORYKIN | 1889-1982
DAVID SARNOFF | 1891-1971
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The development of television and the North American television industry into its current form was determined by specific historical circumstances. Some were large trends, such as Post-War economic expansion and the “Baby Boom” of 1946 – 1965.
However, historical developments are also the result of the actions of many individuals. In the words of American historian Arnold Abramson “No one person invented television; most of the inventors were ahead of their time and technology; some were idle dreamers, others were practical men who could turn their ideas into machinery.”
Visionaries, inventors and businesspeople: here are six of the most important pioneers of television.