(1888 - 1946)
The youngest of four children of a clergyman, Baird was born
in Helensburgh on 13th August 1888. He worked as a supervising
engineer for an electrical supply company in Glasgow before
being dismissed after a disastrous attempt to make diamonds
out of coal dust led to a major system failure. Following
a spell living with his sister in London, Baird moved to Hastings
to recover from bad health.
1924 he was credited as the inventor of television after transmitting
a Maltese Cross onto a screen, however, nobody believed the
continued his work and later organised 2TV, the first television
station. On 24th May 1927 he successfully transmitted from London
to Glasgow and three months later sent a picture from London
to SS Berengaria which was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
at the time.
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