5. Philo Farnsworth
(August 19, 1906 – March 11, 1971)
With one of the great inventions, Philo Farnsworth was born on Indian Creek in Beaver County, Utah. He was the eldest of his five siblings. His parents wanted him to become a concert violinist but he was more interested in experiments related to electricity.
At the age of 16 he drew a drawing for his chemistry teacher, which explained Farnsworth’s belief that electricity could be transformed into pictures if one can control the speed and direction of fast flying electrons. Farnsworth called it as “image dissector”. In 1927, at the age of 27, he was finally able to produce the first television transmission which comprised of 60 horizontal lines. The first image transmitted was a dollar sign. Philo Farnsworth was known as the father of television.