- NAME: Philo T. Farnsworth
- OCCUPATION: Inventor
- BIRTH DATE: August 19, 1906
- DEATH DATE: March 11, 1971
- EDUCATION: Rigby High School, Brigham Young University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Beaver, Utah
- PLACE OF DEATH: Salt Lake City, Utah
- Full Name: Philo Taylor Farnsworth
- AKA: Philo T. Farnsworth
- AKA: Philo Farnsworth
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Philo T. Farnsworth was an American inventor best known as a pioneer of television technology.
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The lab moved to Salt Lake City the following year, operating as Philo T. Farnsworth Association.
The company faltered when funding grew tight. By 1970, Farnsworth was in serious debt and was forced to halt his research. Farnsworth, who had battled depression for decades, turned to alcohol in the final years of his life. He died of pneumonia on March 11, 1971, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Pem Farnsworth spent many years trying to resurrect her husband's legacy,
which had largely been erased as a result of the protracted legal battles with RCA. Philo Farnsworth has since been inducted into the San Francisco Hall of Fame and the Television Academy Hall of Fame. A statue of Farnsworth stands at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco.
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