John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird“John Logie Baird was a pioneer of television…the first to show TV pictures to the world.”[1]

John Logie Baird, a Scottish engineer and inventor, lived from 1888-1946.  He was the first demonstrator to televise moving objects, the first transatlantic TV broadcast, and the first color TV in 1941.[2]  Baird’s television showed ‘live’ pictures in people’s homes. TV today works on a different system from Baird’s; however, by showing that transmitting signals was a possibility, Baird helped change the world. Today, almost every home has television.[3]

During the early decades of the last century, Baird was one of several inventors in Germany, Hungary, France, Great Britain, and the U.S. who were in a neck-and-neck race to claim the title of ‘first’ to develop the technology to transmit and receive moving pictures, television. It was Baird, however, whom Britain recognizes as the pioneer who was the first in the world to demonstrate the technology as early as 1925.[4]TV

In 1926, Baird televised outlined objects using a “flying spot of light to scan a cathode ray tube.”[5]  In 1928, he performed the first transatlantic broadcast.[6]  However, few could have predicted the television’s future success story.  After the Second World War, the television was found in many households, and was seen as an essential piece of technology.  To this day, it is one of the most popular forms of entertainment, as it was the reason for decline in use of the music hall and the radio.[7]

Can you imagine what life would be without the television?  Try to picture our lives without any of the inventions that have followed.  For example, without television, the computer, Internet, and World Wide Web would not be in existence…it’s hard to picture.

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