The ultra short wave aerial on the roof of
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The ultra short wave aerial on the roof of Baird's premises in Long Acre, London 2 May 1932. The wavelength of the transmitter was 6.1 metres. After a serious illnes in 1922, John Logie Baird (1888-1946), the television pioneer, devoted himself to experimentation. He developed a crude TV apparatus, able to transmit a picture and receive it over a range of a few feet. The first real demonstration was within two attic rooms in Soho, London, in early 1926, and by 1927 he managed to transmit pictures by telephone line from London to Glasgow. Baird also pioneered colour, stereoscopic and big screen TV.