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T — Televison

Magazine cover showing 1920s woman watching TV

Front cover of the first issue of 'Television journal', 1928.


Whether you love it or hate it, television is an invention of great historical importance.

The first person to show televised moving images in public was Scotsman John Logie Baird (1888-1946).

Baird's machine was a mechanical apparatus built from an assortment of parts held together by string and sealing wax.

The main downside to the Baird television was the low resolution of the images.

Cathode ray tube

The advent of electronic television based around the cathode ray tube marked the beginning of the television system that eventually took over our living rooms.

Fellow Scottish electrical engineer Archibald Campbell-Swinton (1863-1930) played a significant role in the development of the technology that made this key innovation possible.


An ABC of Scotland

Television was just one of the 'T' topics in our alphabetical exhibition celebrating some of the outstanding achievements by Scotland and Scots.

'Wha's like us?' ran from 13 December 2013 to 18 May 2014.

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