July 30, 2011 - Happy Birthday, Vladimir Zworykin

He is sometimes called the Father of Television!

Vladimir Zworykin was born in Russia in 1889. He studied science and engineering and worked on early television at St. Petersburg Institute of Technology. He came to the U.S. in 1918, during the Russian Civil War, by joining a scientific expedition in Siberia and continuing on to Alaska. Once in the U.S., Zworykin worked at the Westinghouse laboratories in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued to work on improvements for television and earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (the university that features that wonderful Cathedral of Learning I mentioned in yesterday's post!).

Zworykin helped develop cathode ray tubes, infrared image tubes, and the electron microscope.

Learn about the evolution of the television here. 

Have you tried out the Virtual Electron Microscope

Here is a gallery of images captured with a Scanning Electron Microscope. 


  1. Can any one tell me where the picture of the early television above was taken? Is it in Pittsburgh?

  2. To Adventures in Waitressing -- sorry it took me so long to notice this comment (busy summer with traveling). I got the image of the television from Wikimedia Commons. It was labeled "Telefunken 1936," so I would imagine it's in Germany somewhere, but I looked at the Wiki entry and couldn't spot where. Here is the link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Telefunken_1936.jpg