John Logie Baird


John Logie Baird and his television system

John Logie Baird was an inventor credited with the invention of television. He was born in Helensburgh in 1888 to a clergyman and studied engineering before becoming an inventor. He first demonstrated his 30 line television system in 1926 and in 1928 transmitted the first transatlantic broadcast from London to New York. The BBC used the Baird system from 1929 until 1937 when his part mechanical system was replaced by an entirely electronic system. His first prototype was called the Televisor.

Baird also invented a video recording device and assisted the British government with the development of radar. He suffered from ill health for most of his life and finally died in 1946.