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I WAS surprised to read your article (12 August) on John Logie Baird as the inventor of television. His system was totally impractical and was rejected immediately by the BBC. Who would watch a picture with 30 lines and a room full of mechanical apparatus as you showed?

Baird himself was reported as being dismayed when he saw the cathode-ray tube version invented in the 
United States by Vladimir Zworyki. That has stood the test of time and has only recently been superseded by solid state devices.

(Dr) GM Clarke

Hillpark Avenue

Edinburgh