John Logie Baird (5/6)

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John Logie Baird was a Scottish inventor and innovator responsible for the creation of the colour television system, and the first transatlantic television transmission in 1928. Developing a fascination with electronics from a young age, Baird entered into education at the Royal Technical College of Glasgow. Named in 2006 as one of the 10 greatest Scottish scientists of all time, he is known today as ‘The Father of Television’ – a title rightly well earned! His breakthrough came in 1925 when he achieved the public transmission of a Maltese cross over a city street in Glasgow. In 1932, the BBC adopted his televisor model for the first public television service, however five years later his system was deemed outdated and replaced with the system of an Italian inventor instead. After this, he was rewarded with a fellowship by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and he continued to live the rest of his life exploring his inventions until he died of a stroke in June 1946.

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