Children get a bad rep for watching TV for hours on end, so it makes sense that the man who made it all happen was a child himself. Philo Farnsworth was just 15 years old when he had the idea for the world’s first electric television. An electronics whiz kid, Farnsworth sought to revolutionize the image scanning method of the time, which was purely mechanical and involved scanning an image through a spinning disc with holes, before the image was projected onto a screen. Having been inspired by watching the back and forth motion of plows in fields, a young Farnsworth came up with an innovative way that images could be scanned electronically, as a series of lines. Farnsworth drew up sketches of his invention and presented the idea to his chemistry teacher. Four years later he was actually able to realize his idea with the help of funding from his friends. The invention worked and Farnsworth secured his place as one of the forefathers of television.