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John Logie Baird

  • Birth 13 Aug 1888 Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
  • Death 14 Jun 1946 Bexhill-on-Sea, Rother District, East Sussex, England
  • Burial Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
  • Memorial ID 13787631

Engineer and inventor. Inventor of mechanical television, producing the system first used by the BBC in 1929. He was educated at Larchfield School, Helensburgh, his degree course being interrupted by World War 1, never to graduated. He was the first person to demonstrate a working TV, on 30 Oct 1925. The first moving image transmitted, the now famous grainy image of the ventriloquists dummy's head. Although the idea of television was the result work by many inventors, Baird is one of it's foremost pioneers. In 1928, he made his first transatlantic television transmissions from London to Hartsdale, New York and also made the first Television programme for the BBC. He televised the first live transmission ot the Epsom Derby in 1931. Eventually Baird's mechanical television system was replaced by an electronic television system developed by Philo. T. Farmsworth and Vladimir Zworykin. He made many contributions to the field of television before and after his mechanical system fell into disfavour. In 1928, he demonstrated the first colour and stereoscopic television system. During 1944, he tried to persuade English authorities to adopt the 1000+ line colour television system as standard. There is a working model of the Baird Televisor in the London Science Musuem. He died in 1946, after suffering a stroke. There is an memorial window dedicated to Baird, at West Kirk (West Church), Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 13787631
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Logie Baird (13 Aug 1888–14 Jun 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13787631, citing Helensburgh Cemetery, Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, Scotland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .