This chapter discusses C. Francis Jenkins' life and work, calling him a visionary for his breakthrough inventions in film and television. In a world of dramatic change in motion pictures and television, Jenkins was a pioneer. In film, he sold his controversial Phantoscope projector patent, which led to large-screen movie projection. In television, he bridged mechanical with electronic technology, later experiments related to fiberoptics, and electro-optical receivers. He was the only inventor who participated in the birth of both motion-picture photography and television. Over the period of 1894 through 1933, Jenkins filed nearly 300 patents, several granted after his death. This chapter provides an overview of Jenkins' youth, focusing on how his agrarian upbringing created within him an independent will, an untiring work ethic, and strong character. It then describes Jenkins' traits as a man, his legacy as an inventor, his career as entrepreneur and businessperson, and his works as an author. It also reflects on the relationship between Jenkins' approach of the late 1920s and modern technology.
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