Thinking outside the box
Born in Helensburgh, Scottish engineer John Logie Baird is one of the foremost pioneers in the medium that would come to shape the 20th century. While the development of television is the product of many interlocking technologies, Baird’s contribution sees him frequently described as the father of the small screen.
Using a device constructed from bric-a-brac (a hatbox, darning needles, bicycle light lenses, etc) he demonstrated the transmission of crude moving image in 1924, with a public demonstration in Selfridges’ department store the following year. By 1926 he was able to demonstrate a full grayscale television transmission and, in 1927, transmitted a television picture between London and Glasgow via telephone line, followed a year later by the first transatlantic transmission.