Country of origin: Russian Empire
Vladimir Kozmich Zworykin (Russian: Влади́мир Козьми́ч Зворы́кин - Vladimir Koz'mich Zvorykin) (July 29 (17), 1888 – July 29, 1982) was a Russian-American inventor, engineer, and pioneer of television technology. Zworykin invented a television transmitting and receiving system employing cathode ray tubes. He played a role in the practical development of television from the early thirties...
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In spite of his work pioneering television technology, when asked about his favorite thing on television, he said, "The switch. The switch to turn the damn thing off."