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Lee De Forest

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Lee de Forest.

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Lee de Forest (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961) was an American inventor, self-described "Father of Radio", and a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording used for motion pictures. He had over 180 patents, but also a tumultuous career — he boasted that he made, then lost, four fortunes. He was also involved in several major patent lawsuits, spent a substantial part of his income on legal bills, and was even tried (and acquitted) for mail fraud. His most famous invention, in 1906, was the three-element "grid Audion", which, although he had only a limited understanding of how it worked, provided the foundation for the development of vacuum tube technology.

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  • Born: August 26, 1873 Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
  • Died: June 30, 1961 (aged 87) Hollywood, California, U.S.
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Inventor
  • Known for: Three-electrode vacuum-tube (Audion), sound-on-film recording (Phonofilm)
  • Spouse(s): Lucille Sheardown (m.1906; divorced) Nora Stanton Blatch Barney (m.1908-1911; divorced) Mary Mayo (m.1912-1923; divorced) Marie Mosquini (m.1930-1961; his death)
  • Parent(s): Henry Swift DeForest Anna Robbins
  • Relatives: Calvert DeForest (grandnephew)
  • Awards: IEEE Medal of Honor (1922) Elliott Cresson Medal (1923)

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