Lee De Forest Quotes

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 "Audion" (triode) vacuum tube, the first practical amplification device. Although De Forest had only a limited understanding of how it worked, it was the foundation of the field of electronics, making possible radio broadcasting, long distance telephone lines, and talking motion pictures, among countless other applications.

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Lee De Forest


To place a man in a multi-stage rocket and project him into the controlling gravitational field of the moon where the passengers can make scientific observations, perhaps land alive, and then return to earth - all that constitutes a wild dream worthy of Jules Verne.

Lee De Forest


I foresee great refinements in the field of short-pulse microwave signaling, whereby several simultaneous programs may occupy the same channel, in sequence, with incredibly swift electronic communication. [...] Short waves will be generally used in the kitchen for roasting and baking, almost instantaneously.

Lee De Forest


I do not foresee 'spaceships' to the moon or Mars. Mortals must live and die on Earth or within its atmosphere!

Lee De Forest


The children of the white families in town were not permitted to associate with me, because my father was committing the then unpardonable crime, in Southern eyes, of educating negroes.

Lee De Forest


While theoretically and technically television may be feasible, commercially and financially it is an impossibility.

Lee De Forest


“You have debased my child You have made him a laughingstock of intelligence a stench in the nostrils of the gods of the ionosphere.”

Lee De Forest


Short waves will be generally used in the kitchen for roasting and baking, almost instantaneously.

Lee De Forest


[Man will never reach the Moon] regardless of all future scientific advances.

Lee De Forest


I am bold enough to say that a man-made Moon voyage will never occur regardless of all scientific advances.

Lee De Forest


You have debased my child....You have made him a laughingstock of intelligence...a stench in the nostrils of the gods of the ionosphere.

Lee De Forest