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PHILO T. FARNSWORTH CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

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House Sponsor: ____________

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes Utah native
             10      Philo T. Farnsworth as the inventor of television.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This resolution:
             13          .    recognizes Philo T. Farnsworth for his pioneering work in the invention of the
             14      television and for his many other inventions that have impacted the lives of millions
             15      of people around the world.
             16      Special Clauses:
             17          None
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             19      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             20          WHEREAS, few inventors have impacted the world as much as has Utah native Philo
             21      T. Farnsworth;
             22          WHEREAS, Philo T. Farnsworth has deep roots in Beaver, Utah, where he was born
             23      August 19, 1906, in a log cabin S. [ and where his father had served as mayor in the 1880s ] .S ;
             24          WHEREAS, when he was 12, Philo T. Farnsworth's family moved to a farm in Rigby,
             25      Idaho, where he was fascinated by the electricity that powered his new home;
             26          WHEREAS, Farnsworth was intrigued by mechanical and electrical technology and
             27      managed to convert his mother's hand-powered washing machine to an electric-powered



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     appliance;
             29          WHEREAS, as a youth living in Beaver, Utah, Farnsworth won a national contest for a
             30      theft-proof car lock;
             31          WHEREAS, at the age of 14, Philo T. Farnsworth startled one of his high school
             32      teachers by sharing with him a diagram of an Electronic Image Dissector, a key component in
             33      his eventual invention of television;
             34          WHEREAS, at age 16, Farnsworth's father died of pneumonia and Farnsworth had to
             35      care for his mother and four siblings;
             36          WHEREAS, after spending a few years in the United States Navy, Farnsworth was
             37      honorably discharged and once again pursued his interest in electronics;
             38          WHEREAS, Farnsworth found investors who were not only willing to help him pursue
             39      his work in electronics but also provided a laboratory in Los Angeles where Farnsworth was
             40      able to conduct important experiments;
             41          WHEREAS, before relocating to California, Farnsworth married Elma "Pem" Gardner,
             42      the sister of a close friend of his;
             43          WHEREAS, within a few months after arriving in California, Farnsworth's success led
             44      him to apply for several patents for his designs and models;
             45          WHEREAS, on September 7, 1927, at a laboratory in San Francisco, Farnsworth's
             46      image dissector camera tube transmitted its first image, a straight line;
             47          WHEREAS, in 1928, Farnsworth gave the first demonstration of his television system
             48      to the press, and after several improvements, gave his first demonstration to the public in 1934;
             49          WHEREAS, Farnsworth formed his own company, prevailed in key patent lawsuits
             50      against competitors, and developed other important inventions, including a process for
             51      sterilizing milk using radio waves and a fog-penetrating beam for ships and airplanes;
             52          WHEREAS, in 1938, Farnsworth established the Farnsworth Television and Radio
             53      Corporation, which was in turn purchased by International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) in
             54      1951;
             55          WHEREAS, while in the employ of ITT, Farnsworth developed many more inventions,
             56      including a defense early warning signal, submarine detection devices, radar calibration
             57      equipment, an infrared telescope, and a PPI Projector, which allowed safe control of air traffic
             58      from the ground and was a forerunner of today's air traffic control system;



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         WHEREAS, later in life, the Farnsworths relocated to Utah, where Philo passed away
             60      in 1971;
             61          WHEREAS, for many years after his death, Elma Farnsworth worked hard to help her
             62      deceased husband retain his rightful place in history;
             63          WHEREAS, crediting his wife's contribution to his life's work, Farnsworth once stated,
             64      "My wife and I started this TV";
             65          WHEREAS, in 1999, Time Magazine included Farnsworth in the "Time 100: The Most
             66      Important People of the Century"; S. [ and ]
             66a          WHEREAS, the log cabin where Philo T.Farnsworth was born has been restored and
             66b      can be visited by the public; and .S
             67          WHEREAS, a statue of Philo T. Farnsworth is one of two statues representing the state
             68      of Utah in the National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol, a second statue of
             69      Farnsworth stands in the Utah State Capitol, and a third statue stands in his hometown of
             70      Beaver:
             71          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             72      Governor concurring therein, recognize the life and contributions of Philo T. Farnsworth, Utah
             73      native, the inventor of television and of many other inventions that have benefitted millions of
             74      people around the world.
             75          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of
             76      the United States, the members of Utah's congressional delegation, the Farnsworth family,
             77      Beaver County, and Beaver City.





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