BY SHAMAN MOMOH
John Logie Baird invented the mechanical television 90 years ago today. The mechanical TV was a precursor to what we know as television today.
The Scot via his televisor transmitted the image of his business partner Daisy Elizabeth Gandy in what is regarded as the first public demonstration of the television. A rotating mechanism in the device generated the image.
That famous demonstration has been celebrated by today’s Google Doodle.
As the world celebrates him today, here are FIVE things you need to know about him:
- John Logie Baird, born in 1888, wanted to be a soldier in the First World War but he was rejected by the British Army for health reasons. He was a college student at the University of Glasgow when the war began in 1914. After rejection, in order to help the war effort, he went to work for the Clyde Valley Electrical Power Company where Baird helped to make munitions.
- John’s first ‘television’ was made of an old tea chest, an old hat box, a pair of scissors, some darning needles, a few bicycle light lenses and sealing wax and glue.
- He was thrown out of the Daily Express while looking for publicity for his invention. The editor said of him, “For God’s sake, go down to the reception and get rid of a lunatic who’s down there. He says he’s got a machine for seeing by wireless. Watch him – he may have a razor on him.“
- John was married to a renowned concert pianist named Margaret Albu. They got married in front of a judge Murray Hearn on November 13, 1931 at the Half Moon Hotel in Coney Island, Brooklyn. He was 19 years older than Albu. They had two children before his death in 1946.
- He’s the only dead person to be a subject on “This Is Your Life.” The program, which celebrates the lives of celebrities, was aired in 1957 hosted by Irish TV presenter Eamonn Andrews. A television was placed in the chair where the celebrated guest would normally sit.