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									Thomas Toliver Goldsmith Jr.
     Pioneer of television technology

    “Nowhere so besy a man as he ther was,
     And yit he semide besier than he was.”
Presented by:
  Mary Pat
 Emma Lyne
                                     The Birth of a Pioneer
*Thomas Goldsmith Jr. was born on
January 9,1910
*He was the younger of two sons,
Thomas and Charlotte Manley Goldsmith.
*His father was an insurance and real estate broker
and his mother was a concert pianist.

             *As a teenager he
                  was interested
                  in building
                  crystal radio
             *His nickname was
                  “Doc” .
             *He married Helen
                  Elizabeth Wilcox
                  and had three
                  children, Judson
                  Goldsmith III,
                  and Virginia G.
             *They were married
                  for 70 years.
             *He has six
                  and ten great-
 *He received the
 Best Musician and
     graduated                            *He sang bass in
    salutatorian                                 the Glee
*He was a member                                Club and
                                               played the
        of the
                                              violin in the
    Wilson Club,
Lee Literary Society,   Raider Class of        orchestra.
                                           *In the school
    Music Club,
                            1927              play H.M.S.
     Glee Club,                                Goldsmith
    Honor Club,                                played the
  Leaders Corps,                                character
   Nautilus Staff,                                 Dick
  Store Assistant,                            Deadeye, an
  and a member                                     able
   of the Athletic
    The mortal life of Robert Burns is sad,
 But yet it is with great achievement filled;
He strove to conquer all which he was willed
  To meet in the wild world of good and bad.
 Tho’ forced to write to earn his daily bread,
   He could not others rule, nor he be ruled;
   Yet all his works by critics now are held
   A those of one of our most honored dead.
From this, all men should learn a lesson true:
       The greatest man is he does best,
  E’en tho’ he may be hidden far from view
  And’s never known in life by all the rest;
     By striving patiently his best to do,
 His works will stand the most exacting test.

            *poem from his years at
           Greenville High School
                             Goldsmith’s Quest
 • After                      for Knowledge
  graduating          •He
   Greenville       became
   Goldsmith       an applied
   continued       electricity
 education at      instructor
  University,    in physics at
    where he        Cornell
 graduated in
      1931.      and Furman
• He then
    attended       presented
     Cornell      him with an
    where he       honorary
  received his
  PhD in 1937         LLD.
   in physics.
        “DuMont and Goldsmith helped pioneer turning
            oscilloscopes into full television displays.”

• He joined the Allen DuMont Laboratories in 1936 and became the
  Director of Research for 30 years, and the treasurer of Allen B.
  Dumont Foundation.
• The Laboratory began in his garage of his home and then later
  was moved to a former pickle factory in Passaic, New Jersey.
• During this time he pioneered cathode ray tubes, oscillographs,
  TV receivers, transmitters, TV cameras, radar systems, fiber
  optics, and the sonar & space exploration with NASA.
• He became WWII chairmen of committee to assure the industry of
  cathode ray tubes in RADAR & other military applications would
• He was a member of the first National Television Systems
  Committee, which was established in 1940.
• He also supervised developments of precision RADAR units and
  field studies of TV station coverage.
April 30, 1939, World’s Fair in Queens,
      people crowed around DuMont
 Television to watch President F.D.R.’s
  speech, which was made possible by
Thomas Goldsmith and Thomas DuMont.
Creations of the
                  Thomas Goldsmith
                   helped establish the TV
                   station WABD in New
                   York, which started
                   broadcasting and in
                   1955 became part of
                   Metromedia Inc.
              •    By 1947 three TV
                   stations had been made
              •    WABD in New York
              •    WDTV in Pittsburgh
              •    WTTG in Washington(
                   now part of Fox
                      Crash of DuMont
                     Televison Network
• The DuMont Television Network closed in 1955
  because of a lack of interest in sales for their
  television sets which had helped keep the
  company alive.
• Five years later, the laboratory merged with
  Fairchild Camera.
• Because of this incident Goldsmith never got to
  make a huge impact on the
  television industry that now is
  the center of our world.
    Making His Idea a Reality
• In 1947 he received patent No. 2,455,992.
• This patent created the first video game
  which allowed a player to shoot down a
  created image of an airplane with a beam.

•It could not be created because of a lack of
monetary support behind the idea.
•This was made possible, but after Goldsmith left
DuMont Laboratories.
 Later Years
• Thomas Goldsmith
  then returned to
  Furman University
  and became a
  Physics professor
  from 1966-1986.
• Goldsmith used to
  watch the bell
  tower at Furman
          The End of the Road
• Thomas Toliver Goldsmith Jr. passed
  away in his home in Lacy, Washington on
  March 5, 2009. He was 99 years old.
• Hid death was caused due to
  complications after a hip fracture.
• His memorial service was held March 15,
  2009 at the United Churches of Olympia
  at 1:30 pm.
• He had memorial donations made to
  Providence Home Care and Hospice or
  United Churches of Olympia.
Goldsmith in his later years.

                                Above: Goldsmith watching his creation.
                                Left: Part of the creation of Goldsmith’s video game.
                                Below: Goldsmith at DuMont Laboratories.
 Interview With Thomas Goldsmith
  courtesy of by Karen from Archive
                of American Television
• Was it in high school or at
   Furman that you started to
   put some definition or focus
   on what you might like to do
   in the future?
Actually in high school I wrote a
   paper in chemistry and won a
   prize and as a prize was two
   volumes on the life of Thomas
   Albert Edison. I was like, hum,
   I like this guy, I want to work
   for him, but he up and died on
   me before I finished graduate
   school. But I know Thomas
   Edison’s family and have been
   in the laboratories before in
   New Jersey.
Was graduate school part of your plan
   while you were at Furman? When
   did you decide to keep going to
Well Furman university is a liberal arts
   college and had an excellent science
   department and one of the people
   teaching in the science division was
   Professor Cox who had gone to
   Cornell University. He inspired me to
   go to Graduate school and I graduated
   form Furman in 1931( heart of
   depression). I saved up 250 bucks as
   a newspaper carrier. 250 bucks and
   me went up to Cornell for five years
   and I got my degree in Physics. I
   found that my level of Physics
   instruction at Furman was limited, so
   my whole first year was taking
   undergraduate courses to catch up. I
   had a wonderful professor named
   Frederick Bedell. I was on the faculty
   as a student assistant at Furman and
   as well at Cornell.
Explain why television
  receivers don’t have a
  channel one.
Channels 2 - 13 are called
  the VHF channels, a low
  frequency group and a
  high frequency group.
  The early days it was
  channel one. Nowadays
  we didn’t want to upset
  the numbering, so we just
  abandoned channel one.
 It’s 1936 and you are hired by Allen Dumont as
  his 14th employee. Tell me a little bit about the
    working conditions during the depression.
In 1936 the hours were fairly normal 30 or 40
     hours a week with an income of 35 dollars a
     week which was typical during these days.
     Allen and I were busy building cathode ray
     tubes and one of our assignments was to
     take these instruments out to schools and
     teach these professors the use of cathode
     ray tubes. We would do that as an
     introduction for 2 purposes: 1. to know how
     to use these in their electronic research 2.
     this someday would be a device called
In 1931 Dumont got basic patents on cathode
     ray tubes to such a degree that he had a
     patent back log to developing not only
     instruments but radar systems and all kinds
     of electronic devices for medical
     applications. This work was being done in
     the little hatch shop when I first started
     working we took on all three of those little
     buildings and my brother joined me at that
     time and helped with building cathode ray
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