Biography of John Logie Baird
John Logie Baird
John Logie Baird (1888-1946) was an inventor and pioneer of television who studied at the University in 1914.
Born in Helensburgh, Baird studied for a Diploma in Electrical Engineering at the Royal Technical College and then matriculated at the University in October 1914 to take classes in Electricity, Pure and Applied, Engineering and Natural Philosophy among other subjects. Although entitled to sit the examinations for the BSc degree, he chose not to do this. He applied for military service but was declared medically unfit and joined the Clyde Valley Electrical Power Co in 1916, resigning two years later to concentrate on his own business interests.
Baird achieved fame for his work developing television, giving the world's first demonstration of a practical system in 1926. In 1928 the Baird Television Development Co made the first transatlantic television transmission.