Trevor Baylis Brands

Trevor Baylis OBE was born on 13 May 1937 in Kilburn, north London. He swam for Great Britain at the age of 15 and spent years as a stuntman before achieving global recognition as an inventor!

In 1991 he saw a TV programme about the spread of AIDS in Africa and was struck by the reality that one of the most effective ways to halt the spread of the disease would be by education and information using radio broadcasts. Unfortunately the need for batteries or electricity made radios too expensive or too difficult to access for those most in need of them. Before the programme had finished he had adjourned to his workshop and assembled the first prototype of his most well-known invention, the wind-up radio. The original prototype included a small transistor radio, an electric motor from a toy car, and the clockwork mechanism from a music box. He patented the idea and then tried to get it into production, but was met with rejection from everyone he approached.

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