Paul Nipkow

Nipkow, Paul


Born Aug. 22, 1860, in Lauenburg; died Aug. 24, 1940, in Berlin. German engineer.

In 1884, Nipkow was granted a patent for an opticomechanical device (“electron telescope”), called a Nipkow disk, for resolution of images into elements. It was intended for use in transmission and reception of television signals. The disk was used in the earliest television devices with mechanical scanning; its use was virtually abandoned after the introduction of electronic television systems.

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ADVICE p25 the world's first mechanical TV was made in 1884, by German inventor Paul Nipkow, and was called the electronic telescope.
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In 1926, Baird demonstrated the potential of the system of image scanning invented and patented by German scientist Paul Nipkow in 1884, four years before Baird was born.