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In January 1926 John Logie Baird was the first to publicly demonstrate real television. He is also attributed with many other pioneering developments, including the first transatlantic transmission, the first working video recording system, fibre optics, infra-red scanning and facsimile transmission. During his lifetime and since, Baird has been praised and he has been reviled. This thoroughly researched and balanced biography, written in part by Baird's son, takes a fresh look at Baird's life - his struggles with ill-health and lack of funding, his long-term romance, and the facts behind his own autobiographical memoir, published in 1988. Special treatment is also given to Baird's troubled relationship with the BBC, in particular the role played by the corporation's director general Sir John Reith, and the background to the boardroom coup which resulted in Baird being relieved of his duties as managing director of the company which he had founded. By reviewing existing sources and examining fresh evidence, the authors present a readable and faithful account of Baird's astonishing life, and throw new light t only on Baird himself but on many of those associated with him. Much of the documentation from family and other archives, and many of the photographs, have never before been published. Technical details are described in n-technical language, supported by diagrams.
Antony Kamm is a writer and former Lecturer in Publishing Studies.Dr Malcolm Baird, son of John Logie Baird, is a former chairman of the Chemical Engineering department, McMaster University, Ontario.