The Piecemeal Rationality of Application-Oriented Research

An Analysis of the R&D-history Leading to the Invention of the Plumbicon in the Philips Research Laboratories
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 144)


The Plumbicon is a television camera pickup tube which was developed by the Philips Research Laboratories.1 It was made public in 1962 and even today is considered the ultimate in pickup tube designs. This was confirmed by G.O. Towler of the Department of Trade and Industry of the UK during the International Conference on the History of Television 2:

The Plumbicon has been so successful for broadcasting applications, that no strong competitor has yet emerged to replace it.


Line System Scanning Beam Secondary Emission Philips Research Laboratory Mica Layer 
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  1. 1.Enidhoven University of TechnologyThe Netherlands

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