Milestone-Proposal talk:First demonstration of television 1926

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Recent scholarship on Jenkins television -- Administrator7 (talk) 09:25, 24 February 2016 (CST)[edit | reply | new]

Donald Godfrey's recent (2014) biography of C. Francis Jenkins states that after his self-disclosed demos of April 1923, in June 1923 Jenkins had USN, Post Office, and NBS officials watch televised "movements of [Jenkins'] hand and other objects held by them in front of his 'radio eye' device." (p. 126). This was reported in the Washington Evening Star (June 15), Washington Post (June 15), and the June 25 issue of Time magazine (chapter endnote 27, p. 243).

Re: Recent scholarship on Jenkins television -- Microman (talk) 13:45, 17 May 2016 (CDT)[edit | reply | new]

The proposers of this (Baird) Milestone have contacted Donald Godfrey and established that the images referred to by Godfrey were not demonstrations of live television: 1- other commentators have said that Jenkins' June 1925 demonstration was of 'moving silhouette images' comparable to, but later than, the Baird March 1925 Selfridge images, a point which would support Baird's view in 'Television and Me'.  2- Godfrey has not provided a properly supported proof that 'the USA was first in television' 3-The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, in 2014 recognized Baird's achievement thus: The Honor Roll posthumously recognizes individuals who were not awarded Honorary Membership during their lifetimes but whose contributions would have been sufficient to warrant such an honor.

John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is inducted into the SMPTE Honor Roll in recognition of his lifelong contributions as a pioneer in television technology. His accomplishments include the first live television demonstration (in 1925), the first publicly shown color television system (1928), and the first fully electronic color television picture tube. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began transmitting with the Baird system in 1929. Baird continued to develop new technology including a mechanical color system in 1939 (adopted by CBS/RCA); a 500-line 3-D system in 1941; and an electronic 600-line color display in 1944. Baird lobbied for post-war standardization of his 1,000-line electronic color television system." [1]