Allen Balcom DuMont was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1901 to William and Lillian. When he was 10 he was stricken with polio. He was quarantined in his family’s apartment for almost a year. During that time to keep his young son busy he brought him books and magazines while he was bedridden.
In 1914, the family moved to Montclair, New Jersey where he graduated from Montclair High School. After graduation, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In 1924, he worked for the Westinghouse Lamp Company where he was placed in charge of the radio tube production. In a short amount of time he was able to increase the production for 500 a day to 50,000 tubes per day. He left Westinghouse in 1928 and worked for several other places he died in 1965, he was 64.
What you may not know about Allen is that he was the first person to manufacture and sold the first commercially practical television set to the public. In 1915, he was the youngest American to obtain a first-class commercial radio operator’s license he was only 14.
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