Inventors are inspirational. John Logie Baird was an inventor, engineer, and businessman. John Logie Baird was born on August 14, 1888 in Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK. He died at the age of 57 on June 14, 1946 in Bexhill, Sussex, England, UK. He is remembered for his work on the television.
John was the youngest of four children. He attended Larchfield Academy, Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, and the University of Glasgow. He left school when World War I broke out and he never graduated. In 1915, he volunteered for the British Army. Considered unfit for active duty, he worked for the Clyde Valley Electrical Power Company on munitions work.
In 1923, Baird moved to Hastings, England and rented a nearby workshop. He built the first working television set. In 1924, he demonstrated his work to the Radio Times. He gave a public demonstration of moving silhouette images by television in 1925. That same year in his lab he transmitted the first television picture. He repeated transmission for members of the Royal Institution and a reporter from The Times in 1926. In 1927, Baird transmitted a long-distance television signal. In 1928, he demonstrated the world’s first colour transmission. Baird Television Development Company Ltd. was founded and made the first transatlantic television transmission in 1928. A television station started with Bernard Natan led to live transmission of the Epsom Derby in 1931. In 1944, he gave the first demonstration of a completely electronic colour television.
Baird worked on other inventions as well, some with and others without success. In 1928, Baird made an early video recording device. He made developments in fiber-optics, radio direction finding, infrared night viewing, and radar.
John Logie Baird has been honored in multiple ways. The Australian Logie Awards were named to honor his contributions to the invention of television. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers granted him Honorary Membership in 2014. Other honors and portrayals of his life/legacy exist as well. Be inspired! Have a bright day!