Trevor Baylis: Inventor whose wind-up radio helped remote parts of Africa tune in to education. “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. 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. TB: Well first of all put aside any peculiar idea that you have to be someone exceptional to invent something. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. 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. But further problems emerged: other companies did not particularly want to be licensed to use the invention, as they could easily circumvent the very narrow patents held, and produce similar radios themselves – as they indeed soon did. King of inventions Trevor Baylis answered your questions. provides inventors with professional partnerships and services to help them establish their inventions originality, to patent and protect it, and get to production faster. “He must have found another victim,” Baylis surmised. 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”. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. 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. For several years in the 1990s he was a regular on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast, presenting a segment titled “From Me Shed Son”, in which he would comically demonstrate inventions for use in everyday life. “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. But things were not quite that easy. Baylis' work as a stunt man made him feel kinship with disabled people through friends whose injuries had ended their performing careers. Thinking the sales pitch lacked pizzazz, Baylis one day dove into a pool and started swimming back and forth. Eventually they sold the radio, to great success, in Africa and beyond – and patented some parts of its workings. However, the limited supply of electricity and batteries meant that people did not have easy access to radio, and therefore could not receive the required information which could potentially curb the spread of AIDS. The Patent Office officially recognised Broughton as having contributed to the invention. Ideas kept coming to him, and he created many a prototype, a large number of them for use by the disabled. With his friend Rory Stear, who lived in South Africa, they soon set out to team up with Baylis. Trevor Baylis, the British inventor famed for his clockwork radio design, died on Monday 5 March 2018 at the age of 80. He was inspired to do this after watching a documentary about the spread of AIDS in Africa. 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In September 2003 Trevor teamed up with a group of experienced business professionals to create ‘Trevor Baylis Brands’, a company formed to help inventors learn more about their inventions, how to go about protecting them and seek routes-to-market for the commercially viable ideas. The invention is a walking stick which features a light and audible alarm... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images He had lost the bet – just – but had gained an exciting new occupation. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. 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 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. Trevor Baylis is a British inventor best known for inventing the wind up radio more than 20 years ago. 5 marca 2018 r. tamże) – brytyjski wynalazca.. Życiorys. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. In his later life, after-dinner speaking helped him to earn his bacon – literally. “Not wanting to show off how much I’d been hurt, I shielded myself in cocky isolation.” It also drove him away from organised religion for good. Watching the television programme about Aids, he was appalled to see naked bodies being thrown into open graves, he said. Trevor G. Baylis was born in Kilburn, London, in 1937 and spent his boyhood in Southall near London. 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 born in London in 1937 and received his education at North Primary School in Middlesex. David Bunting said Mr Baylis from Twickenham, south-west London, died on Monday of natural causes after a long illness. Trevor Baylis, Self: The 11 O'Clock Show. W 1956 r. był bliski kwalifikacji do olimpijskiej kadry pływackiej.W następnych latach pracował w firmie sprzedającej składane baseny, był m.in. 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. 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. 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. Baylis’s experiences as an inventor and innovator also introduced him to a problem in the marketplace. 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”. The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80, the manager of his company has confirmed. 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 - Invention. In parallel, David Broughton, who was a friend of Baylis’s, and several others came forward claiming they had contributed to the invention, and not been recognised for it. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? He had found something he loved, and was good at. Trevor Baylis (ur.13 maja 1937 r. w Londynie, zm. Trevor Graham Baylis, inventor, born 13 May 1937, died 5 March 2018. At school he was thought to be, in his own words, “dimmer than the blackout”, struggling as he did with mathematics and with English. The relationship between Baylis and BayGen was fraught after that, and soon they parted ways. Trevor Graham Baylis was born in … 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”. 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. 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. But he added: “We got Richard Branson to call us instead.”. Emma, 11, Oldham What inspired you to invent things? The idea, simple yet efficient, would lead to millions of people around the world gaining access to radio for the very first time. The Trevor Baylis Brands PLC. He spent the rest of his service “calendar watching”, as he put it. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. 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. 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. Now that service is delivered by Design 2 Market who specialise in Product Development and deliver a complete solution to people at every stage from initial idea to manufacturing and distribution. 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 Trevor Baylis, a tinkerer who turned to old-school technology in an effort to disseminate accurate information about AIDS through Africa, inventing a portable radio … 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. He coached Sri Lanka between 2007 and 2011, a period which culminated in his team finishing as runners-up in the 2011 World Cup. 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 born in London in 1937 and received his education at North Primary School in Middlesex. Staines and Stear found engineers to improve it. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. ​Baylis was a popular figure, admired for his invention and loved for his jovial, eccentric demeanour during public appearances. And even those aspects, though patentable, were of little significance, as there were other ways to achieve a similar, or even better, effect. 10 Great Scottish Inventors and Their Inventions, 10 Most Famous Black Inventors and Their Inventions. 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. First, he did not develop the wind-up radio all on his own. 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. Trevor Baylis, best known as the brains behind the wind-up radio, has died at the age of 80. 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. The entrepreneur Chris Staines saw the broadcast and was inspired. But it was nine years before he thought of the invention that would make his name. 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. Baylis and BayGen, the company producing the Freeplay wind-up radio, reached a settlement agreement with Broughton – for a six-figure sum, Stear said. Baylis was addicted to bacon sandwiches ever since the war, when they were rationed. He also did diving stunts as part of a comedy diving act, then not so rare a form of public entertainment. Trevor Baylis was born on May 13, 1937 in Kilburn, London, England as Trevor Graham Baylis. He died on March 5, 2018 in Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, London. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? 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. 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. Trevor Baylis, the creator of the wind-up radio that helped millions in the developing world to access life-saving information, has died aged 80. 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. Trevor felt a connection with disabled people, stemming from a feeling of camaraderie with stuntmen who were injured and could no longer perform. “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 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. Transforming Meccano construction kits into boats, cars, bridges and cranes, he felt, for the first time, that he might not be so hopeless after all. 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. 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. The rise of Trevor Baylis Brands. The idea was a good one, but the prototype Baylis made was mediocre. His messy workshop, crammed with tools and various gadgets he made or half-made he called “the graveyard of a thousand domestic appliances”. And it was largely true, except for two important facts. 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. 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. He also studied engineering at a local technical college in Southall, Middlesex during the day and worked at a Soil Mechanics Laboratory at night. At 16 he joined the Soil Mechanics Laboratory in Southall and began studying mechanical and structural engineering at the local technical college. When he returned to civilian life, he had no intention of reclaiming his former job, and became a salesman at a swimming pool company instead. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Around that time Frank Whittle, who would later become Baylis’s hero, tested his first jet engine. 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 patented this idea and tried to get manufacturers to back him up but no one showed much interest. This led him to later form his own aquatics display company, where he worked as a swimmer, stuntman and entertainer. Trevor Baylis is a British inventor best known for inventing the wind up radio more than 20 years ago. 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). Trevor was always an avid swimmer and by the age of 15 Trevor was swimming competitively for Britain. Trevor Baylis's other inventions Mr Baylis went on to create shoes that generate electricity to charge a mobile phone simply by walking. 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. Still, Baylis’s dogged promotion of the machine led to its eventual mass market production. But despite the success of this, and other inventions, Baylis never made a great deal of money from his many ideas. If you can solve a problem you are on your way to becoming an inventor and we all solve problems. I met him on two occasions. He contacted every large electrical company he could think of, from Marconi to Philips to National Power, getting negative answers from all of them. Urodzony 13 maja 1937 r. w Londynie. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Inventor Trevor Baylis demonstrates his new invention, the "Slik-Stik", at the EDF Ideal Home Show in Earls Court, London. 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. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Invention. Baylis and his business partners, to whom he had claimed he was the sole proprietor of the intellectual property on the wind-up radio, had settled a dispute with Broughton two months earlier, for a six-figure sum, after Broughton produced evidence indicating his involvement. In 1985 this involvement led him to invent and develop a range of products for the disabled called Orange Aids. 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. We think it’s a great idea.”. In 1994 his product was featured on the BBC program “Tomorrow’s World” which generated interest from investors. He would often demonstrate the product by swimming in the pool himself, which attracted a large crowd. That was the story as Baylis told it, and as most people know it today. 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). 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. 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. The invention utilised the piezoelectric effect to work. But he was also a master craftsman of his own public image, constantly promoting himself and sometimes failing to recognise the contributions of others. For two months the molestations carried on, then abruptly they stopped. He emerged from his workshop 35 minutes later with a one-handed can opener. The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80. “All my other activities were put on the back burner,” he wrote. He swam for the army as well as the Imperial Services and also became a physical training instructor. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 1997 by the Anne, Princess Royal at the Buckingham Palace. “Don’t stop,” his initially reluctant boss soon told him. On the walls of his home, he has hung pictures of himself with Queen Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela and various honorary degrees he has received from universities all over the world. The inventor of the wind-up radio, a critical device capable of running without electricity or battery power, has died. He was an avid swimmer and used to swim for the Great Britain team. David Bunting said Mr Baylis from Twickenham, south-west London, died on … A committed self-promoter, by his own admission, Baylis never declined an interview, and often publicised his ideas before they were fully formed. 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. His first working model would play for 14 minutes with a two minute wind. But the stunt work kept him busiest, and soon he was diving into glass-sided tanks in various exhibition halls, including abroad. The documentary highlighted that the only means of mass communication in Africa was via radio. He held a series of jobs and had varied interests. He also studied engineering at a local technical college in Southall, Middlesex during the day and worked at a Soil Mechanics Laboratory at night. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Those early years he would later call “golden and untroubled”, because they would be followed by an experience that profoundly traumatised him. His invention, a radio that could be powered by muscle alone, changed the lives of millions, making it easier than ever before to catch airwaves and all the treasures they carry. Unfortunately, he failed to qualify for the 1956 Summer Olympics by a small margin. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. 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. 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. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Baylis failed his 11-plus exam and went to Dormer’s Wells secondary school in Southall, west London, where the accent was on practical skills. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. “I believe there is such an invention in all of us,” he used to say – a sentiment that resonated with audiences young and old. 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. inżynierem i sprzedawcą, a także nurkował prezentując możliwości tego asortymentu. One evening in the autumn of 1991, Trevor Baylis sat at home, watching a documentary about the spread of Aids in Africa. He earned hundreds of thousands of pounds from royalties on sales of the wind-up radio, but he always felt that he had been cheated of greater fortunes, and so set up a firm to accompany inventors, and help them protect their creation. A short documentary for BBC IPTV's series on inventions and inventors However, his most famous invention was a wind up clockwork radio invented in 1991. Trevor Baylis Brands was started by Trevor Baylis, the famous inventor of the Clockwork Radio and helped inventors for many years.The original company closed following Trevor’s death. He became increasingly serious about his swimming, too, sometimes training as many as five hours a day. Trevor Bayliss Photos - Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio, is being forced to sell his home on the Eel Pie Island after failing to make money from his inventions. Trevor used an old transistor radio and a toy car motor, to which he added a clockwork mechanism. Basically, he invented a radio that did not need batteries or electricity to run, it could be wound up like a clock and would run like a regular radio. Jane Lambert I am very sorry to learn of the death of the inventor, Trevor Baylis CBE. One afternoon in September of 1943, his Sunday school teacher asked him to stay behind after class, and raped him. 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. 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. 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