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Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena: Color Television Pioneer

Posted October 25, 2012 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta

Color television was introduced in Mexico on August 31, 1946 thanks to Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena. An active stargazer, he also built his own telescope.

Camarena was born in Guadalajara on February 17, 1917 and grew up in Mexico City. His interest in inventing began in childhood when he made electrically propelled toys and an amateur radio. He attended National Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1930, and obtaining a radio license two years later.

First Color TV

At age 17 Camarena invented a television camera. A few years later at age 23 he invented the "chromoscopic adapter for television equipment." This early color television transmission system could be adapted to black and white television equipment. In his patent application filed on August 14, 1941 Camarena stated that "My invention relates to the transmission and reception of colored pictures or images by wire or wireless." The patent was granted about a year later on September 15, 1942.

There was no international standard at the time and the cost of television sets were inaccessible to most people. Camarena created a simplified bicolor system in 1963. His televisions were made using the National Television System Committee (NTSC) standard that is used in America and Asia. He began manufacturing on a large scale the following year.

Other Inventions and Work

Camarena located the first relay station for Mexican television. He was responsible for a color television broadcast and devoted evening programming to serve children because they seemed very interested in color television programming. The color television he invented went on to be used as a teaching tool for doctors.

Some of Camarena's work extended beyond his own work in television:

  • Sent meteorological balloons to the stratosphere to see how far his images traveled
  • Technology was used during the Voyager 1 mission to photograph Jupiter
  • Made his own telescope and was a member of the Astronomical Society of Mexico

Camarena was returning from inspecting a television transmitter on April 18, 1965 when died in a car accident.

Resources:

Amazing Mexicans

Innovadores de America

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10/26/2012 12:59 AM

Now i've got wishes to know how was his system..

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10/29/2012 12:57 PM

Lets see here:

Born: February 17, 1917

Graduated from Polytechnic Institute and graduating in 1930.

That put him at 13 years old when he graduated...... quite a prodigy.

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10/29/2012 1:10 PM

Conflicting resources. Wikipedia says he graduated in 1930 and another source says that he enrolled that year.

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10/29/2012 1:52 PM

I thought it was odd, but then when they said when he was inventing the colored camera at 17 years of age...... possible if he was a prodigy. I think he may have enter colege at 13......

Wiki sources are unreliable, they are trying to strengthen it, but even then to update it, it seems there is difficulty.

If I do anything of importance, I'll use Wikipedia, for a secondary sources. And I'll look at wiki's content sources and see if they are crediable. If they are, thats what I'll use.

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10/29/2012 2:16 PM

That's generally how I come up with these bios. Wikipedia is a good outline and then I supplement with facts from other sources. Unfortunately, there wasn't a ton of stuff out there on this guy.

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