The Evolution of Modern British Electronics, 1930–1945

  title={The Evolution of Modern British Electronics, 1930–1945},
  author={R. Burns},
  journal={Transactions of the Newcomen Society},
  pages={221 - 234}
  • R. Burns
  • Published 2006
  • Engineering
  • Transactions of the Newcomen Society
Approximately 80 years ago, on 26 January 1926, John Logie Baird demonstrated rudimentary television to about 40 members of the Royal Institution. Baird used a variant of a device known as a Nipkow scanner and was able to show a crude televised image of the head of a ventriloquist’s doll; the scanning parameters were probably 32 lines per picture and 12.5 pictures per second. When, on 30 September 1929, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reluctantly transmitted its first experimental… Expand
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