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Tele-Visionaries: The People Behind the Invention of Television

Tele-Visionaries: The People Behind the Invention of Television

R. C. Webb

ISBN: 978-0-471-74370-5

Oct 2005, Wiley-IEEE Press

180 pages

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This excellent publication provides a historical background of the dream of sight/sound extension by electric means and identification of the major participants is given. The book examines the foremost problem delaying the early progress of television and explores how the development of full-colour television by examining the inventions needed to achieve the dream, the people who produced them, the role of the motion picture industry, and more.
* Offers both a personal historical perspective of the development of television and an overview of the technology
* A unique opportunity to learn of the beginnings of television from one of RCA's pioneering engineers
Chapter 1: Introduction.

Chapter 2: Who invented television?

Chapter 3: The vacuum tube era.

Chapter 4: Dr. Vladimir Kosmo Zworykin.

Chapter 5: The foremost problem of television.

Chapter 6: Philo Farnsworth

Chapter 7: Television at Purdue University.

Chapter 8: Sarnoff, radio, and early television.

Chapter 9: The RCA laboratories division.

Chapter 10: The evolution of sensitive camera tubes

Chapter 11: The field-sequential color incident.

Chapter 12: The invention of compatible color.

Chapter 13: The shadow mask color picture tubes.

Chapter 14: A projector, camera, and triniscope.

Chapter 15: Transmitting color pictures.

Chapter 16: The color television hearings of 1949/1950.

Chapter 17: Delayed broadcasting.

Chapter 18: Goodbye RCA

Chapter 19: The beginnings of digital television.

Appendix: Historic report on camera tube development.

"…a personal perspective provided from one RCA employee…its value lies in its eyewitness recollections." (Television Quarterly, Winter 2006)

"...nice addition to the TV executive library." (Video Age, January 2006)

"An exciting historical perspective on the dream of distributing sight and sound by electric means…" (Broadcaster, October 2005)