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 Elma “Pem” <I>Gardner</I> Farnsworth

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Elma “Pem” Gardner Farnsworth

  • Birth 25 Feb 1908 Jensen, Uintah County, Utah, USA
  • Death 27 Apr 2006 Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
  • Memorial ID 14154994

Television Pioneer. She helped her husband, Philo T. Farnsworth, develop the television and was among the first people whose images were transmitted on TV. Farnsworth, who married the young inventor in 1926, worked by her husband's side in his laboratories and fought for decades to assure his place in history after his 1971 death. Other inventors had demonstrated various developments in the 1920s, including mechanical transmission of images, but it was Farnsworth's work that led to the electronic TV we know today. The first human images transmitted by Farnsworth were of his wife and her brother, Cliff Gardner. A 3 1/2-inch-square image of his wife with her eyes closed was transmitted on Oct. 19, 1929, Gardner wrote. The book "Philo T. Farnsworth: The Father of Television" by Donald G. Godfrey, lists her as "first woman on TV."

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  • Originally Created by: Ron Moody
  • Added: 3 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14154994
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elma “Pem” Gardner Farnsworth (25 Feb 1908–27 Apr 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14154994, citing Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .