Englishman Credited with Inventing Television
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Allison Sickert and Cassidy Phagan, both of Libertyville, wanted to know:
Who invented the television set?
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"Who invented the television set?" asked fourth- and first-grade "buddies" Allison Sickert, 10, and Cassidy Phagan, 7, students at Libertyville's Butterfield School.
The word "television" from the Greek word "tele" or far off and the Latin verb "videre," which means to see, has been used since 1900. Even in the late 1800s, people dreamed of watching sports or other entertainment on a home wall screen.
The invention of television was a process. First came Samuel Morse's invention of the telegraph in 1835 by which coded messages were sent through wires. Next came Alexander Graham Bell's telephone invention in 1876. Once inventors developed a way to replace the wires with electrical signals, the path was cleared for television to take off.
Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio signal, a Morse code message, in 1895. In 1906, scientists Lee De Forest and Reginald A. Fessenden sent voice messages using radio signals.
The need for radio was immediately apparent to the U.S. Navy to enable ship-to-ship communication in the event of an emergency. …