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The London Television Service

Nature volume 141, page 1108 (18 June 1938) | Download Citation



A MEETING of the Institution of Electrical Engineers held on April 21 was devoted to a series of papers describing the development of the television broadcasting service which has been operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation at the Alexandra Palace station since August 1936. The first paper, by Messrs. T. C. Macnamara and D. C. Birkinshaw entitled “The London Television Service”, recalled certain early electrical discoveries which laid the foundations of modern television. The Nipkow scanning disk was invented in 1884 and is still in use in certain systems to-day; while in 1908, A. A. Campbell Swinton described the forerunner of the present-day cathode ray tubes used both for scanning and for reproduction purposes.

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