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Richard Nafzger, June Lockhart and Buzz Aldrin accepting the 2009 award on behalf of NASA
Richard Nafzger, June Lockhart and Buzz Aldrin accepting the 2009 award on behalf of NASA

The Philo T. Farnsworth Award is a non-competitive award presented as part of the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards to "an agency, company or institution whose contributions over time have significantly impacted television technology and engineering". Named for Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of the first fully working all-electronic television system and receiver, the winner is selected by a jury of television engineers from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Engineering Emmy Awards Committee who consider "all engineering developments which have proven their efficacy during the awards year and determines which, if any, merit recognition with an Engineering Emmy statuette". The award was first presented at the 55th Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards ceremony in September 2003. The motion picture equipment company Panavision was selected as the inaugural recipient for its work in developing "specialty camera items, cranes and dollies, video assists, 35 mm optics, cameras, lighting, trucks and grips". Since then, another 15 agencies, companies and institutions have received the award; none have won more than once. (Full list...)

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Orville Wright
Wilbur Wright

The Wright brothers – Orville (1871–1948) and Wilbur (1867–1912) – were American aviation pioneers generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful motor-operated airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft with the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903, 4 mi (6 km) south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The brothers were also the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. These portrait photographs of Orville (left) and Wilbur (right) were taken by the brothers themselves in 1905.

Photograph credit: Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright; restored by Scewing and Bammesk

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