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Farnsworth name famous in science

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Farnsworth is an interesting name. Philo Farnsworth invented electronic television. He submitted a complete patent application that encompassed several devices needed to make, transmit, receive, and view video and, because it worked, was awarded the patent.

Farnsworth realized at some point that the cathode ray tube, with some changes and additions, could be an anode ray tube. So, some time in the 1930s, he switched from electronics to protonics and started working on fusion. Working for ITT, until Harold Geneen came along, Farnsworth developed and patented a device to cause nuclear fusion (Pat. 03258402) then, in 1968, a device to produce energy from nuclear fusion (Pat. 03386883).

These applications were completed, they worked, and the patents were awarded. Nuclear confinement is NOT magnetic in these devices.

Without digressing further, I’ll get to my reaction. I wonder if the directer thought that Conrad Farnsworth (“Wyo-ming teen who built reactor ousted from fair,” Madera Tribune, June 1) had an unfair advantage from his family ties or if she, too, wants only the study of magnetic confinement financially supported.

Robert Christiansen,


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