TVNewser Show TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Eugene Polley, Co-Inventor Of The TV Remote Control, Dies at 96

The television business lost one of its technological giants yesterday, as Eugene Polley died at the age of 96. Polley, as a young engineer at Zenith Radio Corporation, patented (along with fellow inventor Robert Adler) technology that would become the “Flash-Matic” in 1955. The Flash-Matic was the world’s first wireless TV remote control, and would change the way people watched TV.

Polley would garner 18 patents over the course of his career, nearly all of them related to the television field.

Born in Chicago in 1915, Polley joined Zenith in 1935. For the next 47 years, he would hold numerous roles at the company, developing technology for radios, black and white TVs and eventually color sets.

You can read more about Polley in an obituary from Zenith and his family, here.

Mediabistro Event

TVNewser Show Coming to NYC on April 29!

TVNewser ShowThe TVNewser Show Seminar & Media Job Fair will explore the way TV business and technologies are changing through informative panels and discussions with industry experts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals at the event's exclusive media job fair. Register before midnight on April 28 to save on on-site pricing!