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John Logie Baird was born on August
13th, 1888, in Helensburgh, Dunbarton, Scotland and died on June 14th,
1946, in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, England. John Logie Baird received
a diploma course in electrical engineering at the Glasgow and West of Scotland
Technical College (now called Strathclyde University), and studied towards
his Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering from the University
of Glasgow, interrupted by the outbreak of W.W.I.
John Logie Baird is remembered as
being an inventor of a mechanical television system. In the 1920's, John
Logie Baird and American Clarence W. Hansell patented the idea of using
arrays of transparent rods to transmit images for television and facsimiles
respectively. Baird's 30 line images were the first demonstrations of
television by reflected light rather than back-lit silhouettes. John Logie
Baird based his technology on Paul Nipkow's
scanning disc idea and later developments in electronics.
The television pioneer created the
first televised pictures of objects in motion (1924), the first televised
human face (1925) and a year later he televised the first moving object
image at the Royal Institution in London. His 1928 trans-atlantic transmission
of the image of a human face was a broadcasting milestone. Color television
(1928), stereoscopic television and television by infra-red light were
all demonstrated by Baird before 1930. He successfully lobbied for broadcast
time with the British Broadcasting Company, the BBC started broadcasting
television on the Baird 30-line system in 1929. The first simultaneous
sound and vision telecast was broadcast in 1930. In July 1930, the first
British Television Play was transmitted, "The Man with the Flower in his
In 1936, the British Broadcasting
Corporation adopted television service using the electronic television
technology of Marconi-EMI (the world's first regular high resolution service
- 405 lines per picture), it was that technology that won out over Baird's
John Logie Baird - the inventor
of mechanical television..
British Television History
The Background to Baird's 'Phonovision'
in CyberSound: Eye of the World
Biography and interviews about John
Logie Baird, one of the people credited with the invention of television.
John Logie Baird and Mechanical Television
The discovery leading to the possibility
of mechanical television was an accident. While measuring the conductive
capabilities of various metals for the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cables,
it was discovered selenium conducted more electricity while lit than in
Logie Baird - a biography
/ Mechanical Television Systems
Inventors - B
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