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    DescriptionIn January 1926 John Logie Baird was the first to publicly demonstrate real television. He is also attributed with many other pioneering developments, including the first transatlantic transmission, the first working video recording system, fibre optics, infra-red scanning and facsimile transmission. During his lifetime and since, Baird has been praised and he has been reviled. This thoroughly researched and balanced biography, written in part by Baird's son, takes a fresh look at Baird's life - his struggles with ill-health and lack of funding, his long-term romance, and the facts behind his own autobiographical memoir, published in 1988. Special treatment is also given to Baird's troubled relationship with the BBC, in particular the role played by the corporation's director general Sir John Reith, and the background to the boardroom coup which resulted in Baird being relieved of his duties as managing director of the company which he had founded. By reviewing existing sources and examining fresh evidence, the authors present a readable and faithful account of Baird's astonishing life, and throw new light not only on Baird himself but on many of those associated with him. Much of the documentation from family and other archives, and many of the photographs, have never before been published. Technical details are described in non-technical language, supported by diagrams.


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    Title
    John Logie Baird
    Subtitle
    A Life - A Personal Biography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Antony Kamm, By (author) Malcolm Baird
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 478
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 921 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781901663761
    ISBN 10: 1901663760
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY20
    BIC subject category V2: TJKV
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, PER010030
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 621.3880092
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    DC22: 621.3880092
    LC classification: TK6635.B3 K36 2002
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: TJKV, DNBF
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    71 b/w illus
    Publisher
    NMSE - Publishing Ltd
    Imprint name
    NMSE - Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    10 July 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Antony Kamm is a writer and former Lecturer in Publishing Studies.Dr Malcolm Baird, son of John Logie Baird, is a former chairman of the Chemical Engineering department, McMaster University, Ontario.
    Review quote
    'In the future when people wish to look up the facts of his life and achievements I believe it will be to this remarkable book that they turn first.' Michael Bennett-Levy, BVWS Bulletin'Kamm and Baird - the latter the inventor's son - tell their tale dispassionately, and amidst their careful coverage of the complex technological and business history of Baird and television manage to paint a strikingly clear portrait of the inventor who started it all.'Russell A Potter, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
    Table of contents
    Helensburgh Days 1888-1919Entrepreneur with Problems: Trinidad and London 1919-1923The Beginning of Television: Hastings and Other Places 1923-1924Serendipity in Soho 1924-1925Vision on 1926Hands across the Sea 1927-1928Sound and Vision 1929-1930Meeting Difficulties, January to October 1931New York, and Marriage 1931-1932Baird and his Company, October 1931-May 1932Baird and the BBC, March 1932-June 1933Crescent Wood Road 1933The Baird Company 1933-1939Crescent Wood Road 1933-1939Carrying on: Bude and London 1939-1942The End of the road: Bude, London, and Bexhill 1943-1946Epilogue 1946-2002Appendix: John Logie Baird and the SupernaturalPostscript: The Manuscripts of Sermons, Soap and Television: A Brief AccountReference NotesIndex