Constantin Perskyi

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Constantin Perskyi was born on June 2nd, 1854; Perskyi was a Russian scientist who is credited with coining the word television (télévision) in a paper that he presented in French at the 1st International Congress of Electricity, which ran from 18 to 25 August 1900 during the International World Fair in Paris. At the time, he was Professor of Electricity at the Artillery Academy of Saint Petersburg. His paper referred to the work of other experimenters in the field, including Nipkow and Bachmetiev, who were attempting to use the photoelectric properties of selenium as the basis for their research in the field of image transmission.

The paper titled “The Modern condition of a question on electrovision on distance (televising)” was presented in 1899 to the First All-Russia Electrotechnical congress in Saint-Petersburg; Then K.D. Perskiy presented the same paper on August, 24th, 1900 in Paris on IV International Electrotechnical Congress being held in the context of the World Industrial Exhibition, devoted change of centuries where for the first time he has applied the term “Television” which since then began be used widely abroad, and on Perskeiy’s native land the term for many years did not find wide application. At the Paris exhibition the optical device developed by K. Perskiy has been awarded a silver medal. He died on April 5th, 1906.

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