British inventor, Trevor Baylis, Died at 80


Trevor Graham Baylis was born on May 13, 1937, in Kilburn, London and died on March 5, 2018.

He was an English inventor.

His parents were Cecil Archibald Walter Baylis and Gladys Jane Brown.

As a child at 15 years old, he competed for the 1956 summer Olympic medal for Great Britain.

He also worked as a stuntman made him feel a kinship with disabled people through friends whose injuries had ended their performing careers.

Baylis was best known for the wind-up radio.

The radio, but instead of relying on batteries or external electrical source, is powered by the user winding a crank.

Which stores energy in a spring which then drives an electrical generator.

He invented it in response to the need to communicate information about AIDS to the people of Africa.

This was in 1991 after he saw a television programme about the spread of AIDS in Africa.

Baylis ran a company in his name dedicated to helping inventors to develop and protect their ideas and to find a route to market.

After his own experience of the difficulties faced by inventors, Baylis set up the Trevor Baylis Foundation to “promote the activity of Invention by encouraging and supporting Inventors and Engineers”.

He resided on Eel Pie Island in the River Thames for many years.

Baylis, he often attended jazz performances at the Eel Pie Island Hotel.

Baylis was single and was well known for being a pipe-smoker.

During March 2010, he stated that he was sexually abused at age 5 by a Church of England curate.

This was also covered in his 1999 autobiography, Clock This.

Baylis died on 5 March 2018, having been debilitated by Crohn’s disease.

Trevor Baylis died at 90 years old.