John Logie Baird: The Man Who Invented Television

by Bob Greenlee



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/30/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 384
ISBN : 9781449074579

About the Book

John Logie Baird is someone whose name is virtually unknown to most Americans.  He was a gifted Scotsman who managed to perfect the world’s first working television system. 


Baird announced his invention while living in Great Britain in 1924 and a year later provided a well-publicized public demonstration of his mechanical television system at a famous London department store.  The general public, both in the United States and in Europe, was just beginning to appreciate how radio was fast becoming an important part of their everyday lives.  Now they learned that someone had perfected a way that both sound as well as pictures could be sent directly into their homes. 


In 1927, Baird was able to transmit television signals clear across the Atlantic Ocean from London to New York.  Only 25 years before, Guglielmo Marconi sent coded wireless messages across the same ocean, which at the time, was universally hailed as a technological milestone that would literally change the world. 


The following year, John Baird publicly demonstrated the world’s first means of transmitting color television images.  He also invented stereoscopic television and perfected a method of recording television programs on disks. 


Using infrared imaging techniques he developed a means that made it possible for television cameras to “see in the dark.”  Calling his invention “Noctovision”, his basic methods were improved upon by others who perfected what we commonly refer to today as radar.


            Before perfecting his television inventions, Baird was a cunning and creative entrepreneur and engineer who worked on a number of unusual and occasionally successful business ventures.  Although you may never had heard his name before, Baird’s story deserves to be told.

About the Author

Bob Greenlee has been involved in the radio and television broadcasting industry for over 50 years.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunicative Arts and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Iowa State University.


            Bob first became interested in radio as a teenager and secured an amateur radio license in 1957 and remains an active “ham” today.  Bob met his wife Diane while both attended Iowa State at a time when Bob was managing the campus radio station.   While on campus he worked at WOI-FM as well as WOI-TV and spent three summer breaks working at KMTV in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.


After graduation Bob helped to built one of Iowa’s largest advertising agencies in Des Moines, Iowa that specialized in producing ads both for radio and television.  In 1975 Bob and Diane purchased their first AM radio station in Boulder, Colorado.  Two years later they acquired an FM station in Boulder and in the 1980’s Bob purchased an AM and FM station in Omaha.  They also owned stations in Tucson, Arizona and Vail, Colorado.


Bob became involved in local politics while living in Boulder and served on the city council there for over 16 years, acting as mayor during his last two years on council.  In 1998 he was the Republican Party’s candidate for Congress in Colorado’s Second Congressional District.


Bob is now retired but has continued to serve on a number of public and private charitable organizations.  In 1998 Bob and Diane provided a lead gift to Iowa State University to endow the Greenlee School of Journalism.  He is author of a self-published book Life Among the Ancient Ones, the story of a Southwest archaeology project Bob and Diane were involved with near Cortez, Colorado.  The Greenlee’s have two grown children and three grandchildren who all currently live near Boulder.