By R.W. Burns
The beginning of tv. corporation formation and development. The BBC view. the beginning of the experimental carrier. A advertisement prospect. The emergence of a competitor. The paintings of the tv committee. The London station, website and working features. The service.
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37 How much of this work was known to Baird in 1923-1924 is a matter for conjecture, but as he was living in the non-university town of Hastings at that time it seems unlikely that he had easy access to the learned journals in which the findings of the above workers were published. Various attempts had been made by experimenters to minimise the undesirable property of the selenium cell during the development of picture telegraph The birth of television, 1923-1926 30 intens ity illuminat ion systems and of these those of Szczepanik (1895), Korn (1906), Zavada (1911), and Cox (1921) were of some importance.
Apart from the occasional notices in the newspapers the general public first became aware of television in April 1925. Selfridge's had been on the look out for an attraction for their Birthday Week and George Selfridge had visited Baird. The consequence was that Baird was offered twenty pounds a week to give three demonstrations of television a day to the public in Selfridge's store (Fig. 14). 25 The explanation for the rather surprising meeting between the large store owner and the struggling inventor is that it came about because Baird's neighbour in Hastings was a person called Bosdari who was a friend of Selfridge.
1). However, the problem of 'seeing by electricity' was of an altogether different order of complexity compared with the problem of 'hearing by electricity', and success eluded the above workers. 17 Sale's experiments indicated that instantaneous changes of light intensity on a selenium bar did not cause instantaneous changes of resistance in the material. This property of selenium was to limit television development for many years, and even when selenium cells were employed by Korn in low-speed picture telegraphy systems, in the first decade of the 20th century, a special circuit had to be devised by him to overcome partially this effect.
British television : the formative years by R.W. Burns