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     Vladimir Kosma Zworykin (1899-1982)
    Physicist noted for his work in electronics. He has been called the father of television. He invented the iconoscope (the first television transmission tube) and the kinescope (a television picture tube). He also played a leading role in development of the electron microscope.
     Born in Russia. Came to the U.S. in 1919, became a citizen in 1924. In 1929 he became director of electronic research for Radio Corporation of America (RCA) and later a vice president. Zworykin was awarded a National Medal of Science in 1966.
     His inventions include a television-guided bomb and a system to convert ultraviolet or infrared into visible light. He worked on developing the computer and electron microscope. During World War II he was a science advisor to the U. S. government.

 

 

 

 

 


During the 1920s,
Vladimir Zworkyin
developed and patented an electronic scanning device which became the first practical "pickup" tube for television. He called it the iconoscope
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