John Logie Baird(1888-1946), Television pioneer
Sitter in 25 portraits
Born in Dunbartonshire, Baird began experimenting with television technology in 1922, and built the world's first working television set. He transmitted the first television picture in his laboratory in 1925, the image being the head of a ventriloquist's dummy. He repeated this achievement to members of the Royal Institution in 1926, when he gave the world's first demonstration of true television. The first transatlantic transmission followed in 1928. His system was used by the BBC from 1929 to 1937. He demonstrated colour television with a cathode ray tube in 1939, and in 1940 began research into stereoscopic television.
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