Event Type: 
Industry Event
Event Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 11:30 to 16:30
Royal Instutution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
W1S 4BS London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

The IEEE UK and Ireland Section is arranging a full-day event at the Royal Institution of Great Britain  
to mark the placing of a IEEE History Milestone Plaque recording the first public demonstration
of television on 26th January 1926 at 22 Frith Street, London by John Logie Baird.
The demonstration is recorded as being attended by some 40 members of the Royal Institution (RIGB).

The event will be free to attend - the IEEE invites all SMPTE members and friends to attend
and will include presentations about the television inventions of John Logie Baird,
setting them into the context of prior and subsequent TV inventions and developments,
and other achievements which have led to the present availability of television-related products


Registration, with coffee served, will be from 1030.

Welcome and Opening Introductions in the RIGB Lecture Theatre: take seats by 1100.

The platform party will include

  • Karen Bartleson, 2017 IEEE President,
  • Bill Hayes, President of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, Iowa Public Television, USA,
    and Ex SMPTE Governor
  • Ali Hessami, IEEE UK and Ireland Section Chair,
  • Iain Logie Baird, grandson of John Logie Baird,
  • Antonio Polledri, owner of Bar-Italia and Little Italy in Frith Street.

Donald F McLean will describe early television concepts and the technical contributions of John Logie Baird,
Iain Logie Baird will speak about his grandfather.

There will be showing of the video of the unveiling of the plaque 
- made by students of the SMPTE Student chapter at Ravensbourne College 

After a buffet lunch,

The afternoon programme will comprise
Seeveral more-specialised lectures on TV technology related subjects,

  • Cyril Hilsum who will describe how British research resulted in the LCDs used in most large flat TV screens,

followed by SMPTE Member and Fellows

  • Nick Wells (ex chairman of DVB TM) on the revolution in TV broadcasting – from analogue to digital,
  • Chris Johns (Chief Engineer Bridcast Strategy Sky TV) on future technology aspects,
  • Bill Hayes who will speak about the impact and future of modern TV related digital developments.

Following the closing ceremony at about 1600, there will be a short refreshments and socialising period

To request a invitation  go to IEEE Registration by Eventbrite

Down  load  the Current Programme


John Logie Baird (1888-1946) was inducted into the SMPTE  Honor Roll on October 2014

in recognition of his lifelong contributions as a pioneer in television technology.
His accomplishments include
the first live television demonstration (in 1925),
the first publicly shown color television system (1928),
the first fully electronic color television picture tube.

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began transmitting with the Baird system in 1929.
Baird continued to develop new technology including a mechanical color system in 1939 (adopted by CBS/RCA);
a 500-line 3-D system in 1941; and an electronic 600-line color display in 1944.
Baird lobbied for post-war standardization of his 1,000-line electronic color television system. 

 SMPTE UK presented  Iain Logie Baird with the Honor Roll certificate at the IET in June 2016
see photographs