Still, Baylis’s dogged promotion of the machine led to its eventual mass market production. The invention itself was too obvious to defend with patents: after all, many things, from clocks to gramophones, had been powered by cranking in the past. Jane Lambert I am very sorry to learn of the death of the inventor, Trevor Baylis CBE. Born in Kilburn, England, near London, on May 13, 1937, Baylis grew up in Southall, England, where his early education was interrupted by World War II. In 1994 his product was featured on the BBC program “Tomorrow’s World” which generated interest from investors. He coached Sri Lanka between 2007 and 2011, a period which culminated in his team finishing as runners-up in the 2011 World Cup. Known for his charm and showmanship, Baylis started off as a diver performing stunts to sell swimming pools and came close to representing Britain as swimmer in the 1956 Olympics, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. The Telegraph reports that British inventor Trevor Baylis, now 75, who created the first wind-up radio, is unfortunately struggling with patent laws in the UK. Around that time Frank Whittle, who would later become Baylis’s hero, tested his first jet engine. He contacted every large electrical company he could think of, from Marconi to Philips to National Power, getting negative answers from all of them. Baylis' work as a stunt man made him feel kinship with disabled people through friends whose injuries had ended their performing careers. Trevor Baylis: Inventor whose wind-up radio helped remote parts of Africa tune in to education. At 16 he joined the Soil Mechanics Laboratory in Southall and began studying mechanical and structural engineering at the local technical college. The first was the Brass from Gumption event at the Huddersfield Media Centre and the University of Huddersfield on 18 Feb 2005 where Mr Baylis ran a brainstorming session (see Bright Ideas Get a Boost 26 Jan 2005 Huddersfield Examiner). David Bunting said Mr Baylis from Twickenham, south-west London, died on … “I wrote to Tony Blair asking him if he could call my team and speak to us on the mobile while we were on the trek but he just refused,” Baylis grumbled at the time. A committed self-promoter, by his own admission, Baylis never declined an interview, and often publicised his ideas before they were fully formed. The Patent Office officially recognised Broughton as having contributed to the invention. TB: Well first of all put aside any peculiar idea that you have to be someone exceptional to invent something. But he had few regrets. He also did diving stunts as part of a comedy diving act, then not so rare a form of public entertainment. “We’re selling pools!” After that, exhibitions began offering the company cheap space, provided Baylis put on a swimming and diving show for visitors, he said. And it was largely true, except for two important facts. The wide variety of Trevor Baylis inventions that appeared over the years aren’t the only thing that this inventor used to change the world. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? During that time he also used the technical skills he had learned early on to come up with ways to improve the quality of the pools he sold. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. After leaving the army, he took up a job with a company called “Purley Pools” which manufactured swimming pools, working in both sales as well as research. The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80, the manager of his company has confirmed. He also studied engineering at a local technical college in Southall, Middlesex during the day and worked at a Soil Mechanics Laboratory at night. The idea was a good one, but the prototype Baylis made was mediocre. But Baylis continued to make gadgets in his workshop, and gave regular interviews, in which he ferociously defended the rights of inventors against “the sharks” that try to steal their ideas, and criticised with equal passion the UK’s patent laws, which he claimed did not adequately protect inventors against such theft. But despite the success of this, and other inventions, Baylis never made a great deal of money from his many ideas. The settlement and patent office decision never made headline news and Baylis remained, in the public eye, the sole mind behind one of the most important inventions of the late 20th century. He was born in London in 1937 and received his education at North Primary School in Middlesex. For them he developed a number of products known as “Orange Aids” which were designed to help people with limited mobility perform routine everyday functions with more ease. He was inspired to do this after watching a documentary about the spread of AIDS in Africa. But it was nine years before he thought of the invention that would make his name. 5 marca 2018 r. tamże) – brytyjski wynalazca.. Życiorys. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. But he was also a master craftsman of his own public image, constantly promoting himself and sometimes failing to recognise the contributions of others. One afternoon in September of 1943, his Sunday school teacher asked him to stay behind after class, and raped him. He had lost the bet – just – but had gained an exciting new occupation. Trevor G. Baylis was born in Kilburn, London, in 1937 and spent his boyhood in Southall near London. First, he did not develop the wind-up radio all on his own. When asked why he wanted to join the Intelligence Corps, for which he was preselected, he answered: “I’d imagine a uniform with the word “Intelligence” sewn on the shoulders is quite good for picking up certain types of birds.” His interviewer was not impressed, and Baylis failed to get into that branch of the military. Trevor Graham Baylis was born in northwest London in 1937, a day after George VI’s coronation, the only child of Cecil Archibald Walter Baylis and of his wife Gladys Jane Baylis, née Brown. Trevor set up the Trevor Baylis Foundation and Trevor Baylis Brands PLC to promote and encourage young inventors as he feels that inventors like himself struggle with the bureaucracy when trying to get their products to the market. Still, he failed to qualify to represent Britain at the Melbourne Olympics of 1956 – a misfortune that upset the “patriotic sentimentalist” within him, he said. He emerged from his workshop 35 minutes later with a one-handed can opener. His enthusiasts viewed him as a modern-day Thomas Edison, emerging from a difficult childhood to become one of the greatest inventors of his time; his detractors said his greatest invention was none other than himself. He patented this idea and tried to get manufacturers to back him up but no one showed much interest. Baylis’s experiences as an inventor and innovator also introduced him to a problem in the marketplace. The only aspects of his radio that could theoretically be patented were to do with the constant force spring, which controlled the rate at which the energy was released, allowing the radio to keep working for longer than the crank had been turned. In 1985 this involvement led him to invent and develop a range of products for the disabled called Orange Aids. When asked the reason for the misleading claim, Staines replied: “His showmanship got in the way of reality.”. As a child during the Second World War, Baylis collected shrapnel, treated the Blitz as a free fireworks display, and slept in an Anderson shelter that smelled of damp earth, unwashed bodies and cat pee. Taking his first strokes in the rancid waters of Grand Union Canal, he soon realised he might also become good at swimming, and dedicated himself to that sport. This led him to later form his own aquatics display company, where he worked as a swimmer, stuntman and entertainer. Baylis at his home on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham west London, The inventor picking up an OBE in 1997 – he supplemented his income as an after-dinner speaker, Baylis, pictured in his workshop with BayGen Freeway units, was keen for British inventors’ patents to be recognised internationally, A clockwork spring inside the BayGen Freeplay radio allowed energy to be slowly released, Baylis said that being an inventor, one needed “an ego the size of a truck”. “I believe there is such an invention in all of us,” he used to say – a sentiment that resonated with audiences young and old. Eventually they sold the radio, to great success, in Africa and beyond – and patented some parts of its workings. Still, his first thought was somewhat self-involved: he pictured himself in colonial times, wearing a pith helmet and monocle with a gin and tonic in his hand, listening to a large wind-up gramophone with His Master’s Voice records blaring out of a large horn. He lived with his dog on Eel Pie Island, on the River Thames in Twickenham, west London, in a quirky house he built for himself in the mid-1970s. However, his most famous invention was a wind up clockwork radio invented in 1991. We think it’s a great idea.”. Trevor Baylis (ur.13 maja 1937 r. w Londynie, zm. Trevor was always an avid swimmer and by the age of 15 Trevor was swimming competitively for Britain. Baylis and BayGen, the company producing the Freeplay wind-up radio, reached a settlement agreement with Broughton – for a six-figure sum, Stear said. The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80. But he added: “We got Richard Branson to call us instead.”. inżynierem i sprzedawcą, a także nurkował prezentując możliwości tego asortymentu. The relationship between Baylis and BayGen was fraught after that, and soon they parted ways. That was the story as Baylis told it, and as most people know it today. He was born in London in 1937 and received his education at North Primary School in Middlesex. He swam for the army as well as the Imperial Services and also became a physical training instructor. Staines and Stear found engineers to improve it. He became a subscriber to The Model Engineer, reading every word of every issue, and spent hours learning from his father in the family shed, which to Baylis was “like a shrine”. The invention utilised the piezoelectric effect to work. Trevor felt a connection with disabled people, stemming from a feeling of camaraderie with stuntmen who were injured and could no longer perform. King of inventions Trevor Baylis answered your questions. Trevor used an old transistor radio and a toy car motor, to which he added a clockwork mechanism. Art is a pleasure, invention’s treasure Trevor discusses the difficulties he had in getting my Clockwork Radio taken seriously as a product… Trevor Baylis | You Can Invent on Vimeo Join Leaving school at 15, he started work at a firm specialising in site investigations prior to building work and stayed there till 1959, when he began his two-year military service. provides inventors with professional partnerships and services to help them establish their inventions originality, to patent and protect it, and get to production faster. The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80, the manager of his company has confirmed. Using this money, he founded a company Freeplay Energy and his radio came to be known as the “Freeplay Radio” which won the BBC Design Award for “Best Design” and “Best Product” in 1996. Trevor Baylis, Self: The 11 O'Clock Show. Second, the version he did develop was not much cop at all. He held a series of jobs and had varied interests. Inventor of the clockwork radio, Trevor Baylis, has been made a CBE in the New Year Honors list.. Mr. Baylis very much deserves this honor as his inventions have directly and indirectly fueled many self-powered innovations we enjoy today.. I’m honored to have spoken with Mr. Baylis over the years; he’s a brilliant, caring fellow with a sharp mind for solving problems and inventing solutions. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. A heavy pipe-smoker, he wore chequered shirts and large woolly jumpers, and he loved jazz, on which he had got hooked in the 1950s. The idea, simple yet efficient, would lead to millions of people around the world gaining access to radio for the very first time. Ideas kept coming to him, and he created many a prototype, a large number of them for use by the disabled. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Trevor Baylis is a British inventor best known for inventing the wind up radio more than 20 years ago. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Trevor Baylis - Invention. 10 Great Scottish Inventors and Their Inventions, 10 Most Famous Black Inventors and Their Inventions. His dedication to invention began in earnest in 1982, during a boozy night with friends, he said, when he was bet £20 that he couldn’t make a gadget for one-handed use within half an hour. A short documentary for BBC IPTV's series on inventions and inventors Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Baylis, who died aged 80, with no immediate survivors, was a master craftsman of practical solutions to everyday problems, conceiving hundreds of inventions and swiftly realising their prototypes. If you can solve a problem you are on your way to becoming an inventor and we all solve problems. The rise of Trevor Baylis Brands. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Inventor Trevor Baylis came up with a solution to this problem in 1996, when he introduced the world to the first ever hand-powered, wind-up radio. W 1956 r. był bliski kwalifikacji do olimpijskiej kadry pływackiej.W następnych latach pracował w firmie sprzedającej składane baseny, był m.in. In 2001 in one of his most memorable publicity stunts, he walked 100 miles across the Namib Desert to demonstrate shoes that could charge mobile phone batteries while walking. “All my other activities were put on the back burner,” he wrote. Trevor Harley Bayliss OBE (born 21 December 1962) is an Australian cricket coach and former first class cricketer.He played for New South Wales between 1985 and 1997 before becoming a coach.. Bayliss was coach of England from 2015 to 2019. Trevor Baylis is campaigning to set up an Academy of Invention, but he's got time to pick up Ingenious Inventions of Domestic Utility by Allen Bragdon (Harper & Row, 1989). The product as presented to them by Baylis – able to produce only a minute or so of quiet sound after cranking it for about as long – was far from marketable, and had no patent attached to it. The entrepreneur Chris Staines saw the broadcast and was inspired. In 2002 a certain David Broughton, whose contribution to this invention is still little known, was recognised as joint inventor by the UK’s Patent Office, after having fought for that status. He also worked as an underwater escape artist for the Berlin Circus and with the money he earned, he set up his own company called “Shotline Steel Swimming Pools” which supplied swimming pools to British schools. Aged 70, he wrote: “Death is my next big event – but once I had a life and I lived it to the full.”, Trevor Baylis: Inventor whose windup radio boosted education in Africa, Ray Dolby: Inventor who transformed sound reproduction, Emma Chambers: Dawn French’s comic sidekick in Vicar of Dibley, Barbara Alston: Singer with Sixties girl group The Crystals, Lewis Gilbert: Bond director behind era-defining British films, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Emma, 11, Oldham What inspired you to invent things? Trevor Graham Baylis, inventor, born 13 May 1937, died 5 March 2018. But he kept trying, and his break came in 1994, when the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World provided him, and the wind-up radio, with the support and publicity he doggedly sought. The boy did not tell his parents, as he thought they would not believe him, but he did eventually tell the story, in all of its horrid detail, in his 1999 autobiography, Clock This. Of Baylis’s rejection by the big companies, Mick Delap, of the BBC’s World Service Africa, said on the programme: “I think they are blind to an opportunity. Now in his late 70’s, Trevor Baylis is unmarried and lives on Eel Pie Island in the home he built for himself 40 years ago. For two months the molestations carried on, then abruptly they stopped. In an interview with E&T’s sister magazine Engineering Management in 2007, he talked about his career, and his belief that “anyone can have a good idea and turn it into something that works”. Snapping out of his daydream, he realised that if one can get all that sound from a wind-up gramophone then surely there would be enough power in the spring to drive a small dynamo which, in turn, could drive a radio. He later wrote that during Christmas of 1970 he spent over a fortnight doing underwater escapology at a Berlin circus, performing the perilous act under the stage name of Rameses II, after the Egyptian pharaoh. “That lonely, sickening experience stole something from me for all time,” he wrote of those few weeks. There are bachelors of art and of science, so why not have bachelors of invention, says Trevor Baylis He also studied engineering at a local technical college in Southall, Middlesex during the day and worked at a Soil Mechanics Laboratory at night. He would often demonstrate the product by swimming in the pool himself, which attracted a large crowd. Those early years he would later call “golden and untroubled”, because they would be followed by an experience that profoundly traumatised him. Watching the television programme about Aids, he was appalled to see naked bodies being thrown into open graves, he said. Invention. Upon learning that one of the greatest obstacles to halting the epidemic was extending health education to poor and remote communities in African countries, he set about developing a radio that would require neither access to an electrical grid nor even to batteries, which were expensive. He died on March 5, 2018 in Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London. Stear and Staines told The Independent it became clear that Baylis did not have full ownership of the intellectual property, as he had initially claimed to them. He was an avid swimmer and used to swim for the Great Britain team. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. 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