Although color television sets weren’t marketed until 1954, CBS engineer Peter
Carl Goldmark made the first experimental broadcast of color television from the
top of the Chrysler Building in 1940. Born in Hungary and trained in Berlin and
Vienna, Goldmark joined CBS as Chief Engineer of the Television Department in
1936. He then developed the system that made color television a practical reality.
Goldmark, who formed his own communications company in 1972 after retiring from
CBS, is credited with over 160 other inventions, including the forerunner of the
VCR, the long playing phonograph record and a system used to transmit photographs
to Earth from the moon. Goldmark is shown here with a color wheel.