John Logie Baird Biography
Birthday: August 13, 1888 (Leo)
Born In: Helensburgh
John Logie Baird FRSE was a Scottish engineer who is known as ‘The Father of Television’. He was an innovator who invented the first successful mechanical television, the first publicly demonstrated colour television system and the first purely electronic colour television picture tube. At quite a young age he depicted a flair for electronics; he had tested and tried remote-controlled photography and also rigged a telephone exchange to connect his house to those of his nearby friends. In his teens he read a German book on the photoelectric properties of selenium which inspired him about the concept of television. This dream turned into a possible-reality when he heard of Arthur Korn’s fantastic achievement. Korn had successfully invented a circuit which could transmit fax pictures over any required distance and Baird tried to follow the concept for live or moving pictures. Baird successfully transmitted a long-distance television signal (438 miles) from London to Glasgow through a telephone line. Soon other achievements followed: he demonstrated the first transatlantic transmission through his Baird Television Development Company Ltd, the first stereoscopic television and video recording device. Other than television he made remarkable contributions to the fields of fibre optics, radio imaging, secret signaling, and infra-red scanning.