John Logie Baird #OnThisDay

On 3rd of July 1928 John Logie Baird demonstrated the world’s first colour transmission.

using scanning discs at the transmitting and receiving ends with three spirals of apertures, each spiral with a filter of a different primary colour; and three light sources at the receiving end, with a commutator to alternate their illumination. The demonstration was of a young girl, 8-year-old Noele Gordon, wearing different coloured hats. Miss Gordon went on to become a successful TV actress, famous for the soap opera Crossroads. That same year he also demonstrated stereoscopic television.


John Logie Baird (1888-1946) was born in Helensburgh. He invented the first working television. Scottish Science Hall of Fame

He inspired many young inventors and engineers including in Orkney Jack and Jimmy Twatt: Seeing By Wireless: Orkney’s First Televisions

John Logie Baird and his television receiver By Orrin Dunlap, Jr. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Kim Foden with her 30 line televisor at The Orkney Wireless Museum

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