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Vladimir K. Zworykin
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    (July 30, 1888-July 29, 1982)
    Born in Murom, Russian Federation
    Developed the first electronic television system
    Patented the iconoscope camera tube (1931) and kinescope picture tube (1929)
    Had 120 patents
    Received the National Medal of Science (1967)
    After demonstrating his television system to his bosses at Westinghouse, he was told to spend his time on something 'a little more useful.'
    When he left for RCA, he told David Sarnoff it would cost $100,000 to perfect his system; instead, as Sarnoff noted, it cost $50 million 'before we ever got a penny back.'
    He complained, 'We never dreamed of Howdy Doody on television. We always thought television would find its highest value in science and industry.'
    If he thought 'Howdy Doody' was disappointing, it's a good thing he didn't live long enough to see 'When Animals Attack' and Jackass.
    He rejected the title 'Father of Television,' noting that he was one of many scientists involved.
    With some refinements, the modern TV picture tube remains the kinescope that he developed decades ago.
    As director of RCA Labs in Princeton, he spearheaded the program to invent the electron microscope.

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