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Controversy about invention

Logie Baird might have demonstrated some of the precursor technology, but the final product cannot be attributed to him. Einstein built on the work of other scientists, but do we attribute his Theory of Relativity to them? The TV is a great 20th century American invention, like the automobile and the internet.

Neither can the "final product" be attributed to Nipkow or Jenkins. For better or worse, television as we know it is electronic, and equipment with a recognizable relationship to the tubes developed by Farnsworth and Zworykin was putting pictures into peoples' living rooms for four decades. The early experimenters with mirror-screws and scanning disks and so forth contributed inspiration and ideas and entrepreneurial energy, but there are no moving parts in a television camera (except perhaps the zoom lens!).
This is just one of those sterile questions like whether Meucci, who invented a form of speaking tube, and some sort of electrical device whose characteristics can't be determined (because all records of it were lost due to [insert conspiracy theory here]) can be called the inventor of the telephone, or whether Swann invented the electric light, or Friese-Greene invented the motion picture, etc. etc.
The article should avoid any tendentious claims. My feeling is that there's no reason at all for the article to say anything about who invented it. Just describe what the various pioneers actually contributed.
If you want to cite a good published source that calls Jenkins "the" inventor of television, OK, but the text should read "So-and-so calls Jenkins the true inventor of television" or whatever.... and you should be even-handed about mentioning other claimants and cite other sources about them, too. Dpbsmith 10:40, 21 March 2007 (EDT)
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