TV Pioneer Philo Farnsworth on 1957 Episode of I’ve Got a Secret by EDW Lynch at 6:38 pm on October 18, 2011 In 1957, Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the first fully functional electronic television, was the mystery guest on I’ve Got a Secret, a 20 questions style game show on CBS. The panelists were unable to identify him. It was Farnsworth’s only appearance on television. He won a carton of cigarettes for stumping the panel.
Philo Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 – October 2, 1971) was an American inventor of television, inventing the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device (video camera tube), the "image dissector", the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system.
American inventor Philo Farnsworth built an electric motor at age 12. He was still a teenager when he designed the first all-electronic TV in the early 1920s. He went on to design many other things, including the basics of radar and an infrared telescope.