Trevor Baylis CBE

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Post by drcdb15 » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:01 pm

More sad news today with the passing of Trevor Baylis, inventor of the wind-up radio, and thereby loads of spin-off ideas such as the wind-up torch. As engineers, and which Scimitar owner is not really an engineer at heart, we should mourn his passing and celebrate the very real contributions he spawned, principally for the developing world.

He was a guest at one of my professional lunches back in the late nineties, when perhaps at the peak of his fame in the UK, and I had the opportunity to talk with him at great length - we were nattering away for at least an hour long after all the other diners had gone back to their offices. A charming, deprecating and thoroughly down to earth gentleman, with the most inquisitive and creative mind. He had a genuine concern for the losses then (largely through privatisation) of the great wealth of scientific and engineering expertise that Britain had amassed in the post-war years in its universities and state- and industry-funded research associations and laboratories, and sought like Dyson after him to do something to halt the trend.

RIP Trevor. It was a privilege to have known you.


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Post by scimjim » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:12 pm

RIP - a proper engineer.


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Post by scimmy ben » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:32 am

I don't really do biographies but his was amazing: Stunt Man, escapologist and then intellectual property pioneer!

My favourite story was when he decided to build a swimming pool at his eel pie island home, the spoil went into the Thames so he recovered the area he lost when digging the pool ;)


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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:24 pm

RIP, Trevor.


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