Campbell-Swinton, Archibald

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Campbell-Swinton, Archibald Gender: M
Alan Archibald Campbell-Swinton
born on 18 October 1863 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Edinburgh, Scotland, 55n57, 3w13
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 24°15' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 01°48 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 15°21'

Archibald Campbell-Swinton


Scottish consulting electrical engineer, who provided the theoretical basis for electronic television, two decades before the technology existed to implement it.

He gave a speech in London in 1911 where he described in great detail how distant electric vision could be achieved. This was to be done by using cathode ray tubes (CRTs) at both the transmitting and receiving ends. The photoelectric screen in the proposed transmitting device was a mosaic of isolated rubidium cubes. This was the first iteration of electronic television which is still in use today. When Swinton gave his speech others had already been experimenting with the use of cathode ray tubes as a receiver, but the use of the technology as a transmitter was unheard of. His concept for a fully electronic television system was later popularised by Hugo Gernsback as the "Campbell-Swinton Electronic Scanning System" in the August 1915 issue of the popular magazine Electrical Experimenter.

It is generally considered that the original credit for the successful theoretical conception of using a cathode ray tube device for imaging should belong to Campbell-Swinton.

He died in 1930

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Source Notes

Paul Wright quotes birth record. GraZia Bordoni quotes a time of 3:13 - source unknown


  • Vocation : Engineer : Electrical