Born and raised in Beaver, Philo T. Farnsworth won his first national contest by age thirteen after the family moved to Franklin, Idaho, a year earlier. The contest, sponsored by Science and Invention magazine, highlighted his invention---a thief-proof lock. At age sixteen he drew a design for his high school chemistry teacher, Justin Tolman, which explained his belief that one could transform electricity into pictures by controlling the speed and direction of fast-flying electrons. Philo called his invention an "image dissector;" his teacher kept this drawing.


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