August 19 Birthday: The Boy Who Invented TV, Philo Farnsworth

Philo Farnsworth, inventor

b. August 19, 1906

d. March 11, 1971

THE BOY WHO INVENTED TV (Random House, 2014)

by Kathleen Krull

illustrated by Greg Couch


An inspiring true story of a boy genius.
Plowing a potato field in 1920, a

14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned

earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a

magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made

his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s

first television image. This fascinating picture-book biography of

Philo Farnsworth covers his early interest in machines and electricity,

leading up to how he put it all together in one of the greatest

inventions of the 20th century. The author’s afterword discusses the

lawsuit Farnsworth waged and won against RCA when his high school

science teacher testified that Philo’s invention of television was years

before RCA’s.