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Rev-John-Baird-c1875-wTV INVENTOR John Logie Baird is arguably Helensburgh’s most famous son, but what about his father?

The Rev John Baird was a formidable figure. Many may have seen him in a well known and much published photo outside his West Argyle Street home, with his sister Annie and son John.

Malcolm-at-J.Baird-pub-1959-wThe November 2013 closure of the Logie Baird pub on James Street, Helensburgh, prompted Malcolm Baird to reflect on his father's connections with alcoholic drink.

JOHN LOGIE BAIRD was the son of a Scottish minister and he was raised in the late Victorian era.

HHT-Baird-and-Brown-26.09.12-wBook review by Malcolm Baird of 'The three dimensions of John Logie Baird' by Douglas Brown, published by the Radio Society of Great Britain.

John Logie Baird died in 1946, but television historians are still divided about his contributions.

Douglas_Brown_Baird_book_coverA new book has been published about the work of Helensburgh's TV pioneer John Logie Baird. It is . . .

The Three Dimensions of John Logie Baird

By Dr Douglas Brown

John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is remembered as the inventor of television but his work in colour, 3D and holographic television is much less well known. As are his significant contributions to other information sciences and their resulting technologies.

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TV INVENTOR John Logie Baird is always thought of as a brilliant scientist . . . but he had another talent, writing.

His forays into fiction, as an enthusiastic contributor to the Royal Technical College Magazine, won him admirers amongst his student peers.

This article is the text of a talk given by Andy Andrews to Bliss Probus Club in February 2011, at the Chequers Public House, Goddard Lane, in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Andy was 99 in August 2011 and is still going strong. His original handwritten manuscript was transcribed by Kenneth Crawford in March 2012.

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John Logie Baird was born in Helensburgh, Scotland, in 1888 and died in June 1946. He was Superintendent of Clyde Valley Electrical Power Company until the end of the First World War. In 1920, because of very poor health, he went to Trinidad and opened a jam factory.

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