The Inventor of Television

By Nathan Frazier

Early Childhood

John Logie Baird was born August 13, 1888 in Helensburg, Scotland. He was the youngest of four children. At an early age Baird liked to tinker with technology and one of his childhood friends Jack Buchanan would build interesting tools or devices. For example, they one time built and ill-fated glider that used john's house as launching pad. Jack Buchanan later went on to become a famous Hollywood movie star. John was dogged with ill-health for most of his life so building and tinkering definitely was fun for him.

Education and inspiration

John Logie Baird attended the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde where he first studied in technology. He invented many inventions, but some never became quite popular or they didn't work to well. For instance he tried to make gold by burning graphite but burned the electrical circuit causing all the lights to go out in Glasgow University. His one famous product the mechanical television though was a success. He was inspired when he saw people of the 19th century who wanted visual communication after hearing the radio invented by Marconi. So he was inspired mostly by the people of Scotland!

Inventions and Death

Later on after building the mechanical TV he married Margaret Albu in 1931 and they had two kids. His TV wasn't the only successful invention though. He built many other inventions like Fibre Optics(radio finding) and radar. Those two inventions were fairly famous and popular. Baird didn't start of with success, but he didn't let is ill-health or his failed inventions stop him from doing what he loves. Sadly Baird died in Bexhill June 14,1946 due to a stroke he had. We do thank him for his role in society though.

Baird's Legacy

Although Baird never received any awards from his greatness he did have 'The Logie Award' in his honor of death, which is the most astounding award you can get in the TV business. He also is thanked for his perseverance and goal of giving the people of Scotland what they want. We wouldn't have TV near as advanced as it is today if he didn't take that first step in television that entertains us. So it is important that we thank him for his invention he gave to the world. You feel me?