De Forest, Lee
|born on||26 August 1873|
|Place||Council Bluffs, Iowa, 41n16, 95w52|
|Timezone||LMT m95w52 (is local mean time)|
American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. De Forest invented the Audion, a vacuum tube that takes relatively weak electrical signals and amplifies them. De Forest is one of the fathers of the "electronic age," as the Audion helped to usher in the widespread use of electronics. He is also credited with one of the principal inventions that brought sound to motion pictures.
He was involved in several patent lawsuits and spent a substantial part of his income from his inventions on the legal bills. He had four marriages and 25 companies. He was defrauded by business partners and he defrauded business partners. He was indicted for mail fraud, but was later acquitted.
He was supported strongly but unsuccessfully for the Nobel Prize for Physics.
He died in Hollywood, California on 30 June 1961, aged 87.
Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified it to 11.47.45 LMT
- Vocation : Science : Physics
- Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Meritorious achievement
- Notable : Famous : Historic figure
- Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (father of the radio)