John Logie Baird (1888-1946), the television pioneer, 1935.
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John Logie Baird (1888-1946), the television pioneer, with his 240 line television set, 1935. Baird is pointing at the set on the day the Alexandra Palace trials were announced. After a serious illnes in 1922, Baird devoted himself to experimentation and 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 had managed to transmit pictures by telephone line from London to Glasgow.