John Logie Baird, Marshall McLuhan, TV & Books
In January 1926 John Logie Baird (1888-1946) was the first publicly to demonstrate real television. Other pioneering achievements followed, including the first transatlantic transmission, the first demonstrations of colour television and stereoscopic television, and the first video recordings. In the 1930s he twice televised the Derby, and was the first to demonstrate cinema television, in black-and-white and colour. During World War II he developed high-definition and stereoscopic television in colour, and invented the first all-electronic colour television tube. He also made significant advances in radio imaging, secret signalling, fibre optics, infra-red scanning, and fast facsimilie transmission. See http://www.bairdtelevision.com/life.html .
John Logie Baird’s son talks about his father’s legacy
5 October, 2012 – THE son of Helensburgh-born TV inventor John Logie Baird and an expert who has written two books about him both spoke at the first public meeting of the Helensburgh Heritage Trust winter season in Helensburgh Tennis Club.
Professor Malcolm Baird, the Trust’s president who lives in Canada, was back in the burgh to give a talk entitled ‘Print versus Television: from Baird to McLuhan’, but because he had a very sore throat his presentation was read by Trust chairman Stewart Noble. He revealed that, even as a youngster, John Logie Baird was an avid reader and very fond of the printed word. In later life he was friendly with journalists and enjoyed giving them details of his inventions, and he had a large library of books.
Professor Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory, who wrote in the 1960s that that the culture of print would soon be brought to an end by what he called ‘electronic interdependence’. He predicted the world wide web almost 30 years before it happened, and coined the phrase “the medium is the message”.
Baird however believed in print and felt that, that whatever happened with electronic media, print would still have a very important place. [Note - McLuhan also believed that an obsolesced medium like print would not disappear, but be re-purposed, enjoy a variety of special applications and become art. -AlexK]
Dr Douglas Brown, a Dumbarton man who recently retired from Strathclyde University, spoke about his new book ‘The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird’, which describes his work in colour, 3D and holographic television. He said that many of the techniques Baird pioneered are still used in modern day systems. http://tinyurl.com/8pfqbjd
One of the most significant inventions of the last 100 years took place in Queens Arcade, Hastings
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