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C. Francis Jenkins, Pioneer of Film and Television

Donald G. Godfrey


This is the first biography of the important but long-forgotten American inventor Charles Francis Jenkins (1867–1934). The book documents the life of Jenkins from his childhood in Indiana and early life in the West to his work as a prolific inventor whose productivity was cut short by an early death. Jenkins was an inventor who made a difference. As one of America's greatest independent inventors, Jenkins' passion was to meet the needs of his day and the future. In 1895 he produced the first film projector able to show a motion picture on a large screen, coincidentally igniting the first film ... More

Keywords: television, film, motion pictures, C. Francis Jenkins, American inventor, film projector, film boycott, television station, independent inventor, Charles Francis Jenkins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038280
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald G. Godfrey, author
Arizona State University