Pontiac Street: The History of The Fusor

The first fusion lab at ITT/Farnsworth in Ft. Wayne Indiana ca. 1960

In the ‘aughts – the years after the first first fusor.net forums were formed and I was researching The Boy Who Invented Television – Richard Hull went even deeper into the history of the fusor research and development effort in the 1960s.

At the time, Farnsworth was employed as the Vice President for Research at ITT – the conglomerate that acquired the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation in 1949.  Most of FTR’s manufacturing operations were shut down in the following decade. What was left focused on a laboratory and office building on Pontiac Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Most of the department’s work was geared toward exotic and high end radio and radar projects for the military.

Pontiac Street is where Farnsworth ended the productive years of his career.  From 1959 to 1966, much of that time was spent on developing the fusor.

There is no shortage of controversy surrounding those years.  Richard Hull has done more than anybody to compile the inside story by interviewing all of the co-workers who were still living in the first decade of the 21st century.  He has compiled a synopsis of his interviews on fusor.net:



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