Sir Isaac Shoenberg – Inventor of Television

Sir Isaac Shoenberg – Inventor of Television


I think as a little boy I understood that
he had been very important in contributing to the development of television. I believed
that he had invented television, which my father, who was very a scientific physicist had tried
to explain to me wasn’t quite the case. That my grandfather had led a team, that there
were many people involved in that invention but that he had been very significant and
that, somehow, struck home that this was a very important person. He enjoyed watching the television himself and he expressed all sorts of views about
television in public, he said “I’d created the greatest time-waster ever” in his lovely ironic
way. I think he was terribly proud of the fact
that his peers had given him the Faraday Medal. That he received the honour of a knighthood.
I think he was inclined to be modest and when television first began I understand the press
would come round to his house and he would draw the curtains and tell his children to
tell the press he wasn’t in! He didn’t want that sort of publicity. Later he felt disappointed
that perhaps he hadn’t been more forthright and taken the publicity that was there when
he felt little recognition had been given, either to him or his team which was a remarkable
team of people. When Blumlein died in an air crash he was
very, very upset. I mean this is not something I personally know but I was told about. He
had very special views about how the team should take holidays. He would encourage them,
he didn’t want people to get exhausted with their work. In work all I know is people found
him a remarkable person to come and present ideas to. because he would play devil’s advocate
and he would make sure that they knew their argument really well and he didn’t suffer
fools gladly.

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