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Trevor Baylis CBE (1937 - 2018)

Trevor Baylis HistoryIn 1991, Trevor Baylis saw a television programme about the spread of AIDS in Africa and he set about developing the Wind Up Radio.  His first working prototype ran for 14 minutes and in 1994 was featured on the highly rated Tomorrow's World TV programme.  The product's potential was immediately recognised and the following year BayGen Power Industries was set-up in Cape Town, South Africa employing disabled workers to manufacture the Freeplay Wind Up Radio.

The BBC programme QED filmed an award winning documentary about Trevor's development of the radio and in June 1996 the Freeplay radio was awarded the BBC Design Award for Best Product and Best Design.  The year 1996 also saw Trevor meet Her Majesty The Queen and Nelson Mandela at a state banquet, journey to Africa with the Dutch Television Service for a programme documenting his life, and take part in the BBC's update of the QED programme 'The Clockwork Radio', broadcast in September 1996.

In 1997, the new generation radio rolled off the production line in South Africa.  Smaller and lighter than the original model, the new radio was designed especially for the Western consumer market and ran for up to an hour after only 20 seconds winding.  This radio was updated to include a solar panel which meant that it could run without assistance in sunshine.  Also in 1997, Trevor took part in a Sky TV programme 'Beyond 2000' featuring his inventions. 

Trevor has been awarded the Presidential Gold Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and addressed the Conference of Commonwealth Ministers in Botswana for the British Council where he demonstrated the use of the radio to power up a computer for the first time.  He was a presenter on The Channel 4 'Big Breakfast' television programme which featured inventors and their inventions with Johnny Vaughan.

In October 1997, Trevor was awarded the OBE by The Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace, where he was also surprised by Michael Aspel and whisked off to be featured in an edition of 'This Is Your Life'.

In May 1998, Trevor went on a tour of African States lecturing for the British Council and was very well received in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Singapore, Malta and Crete.  Following this success the British Council then arranged a tour of Australia, Cyprus, Slovenia and India and in 2000, tours to Palestine, Israel and Bahrain.

In June, 2001 he completed a 100 mile walk in searing temperatures across the Namib Desert to raise money for the Mines Advisory Group whilst demonstrating his new invention, the Electric Shoes.

In September 2003 Trevor teamed up with a group of experienced business professionals to create 'Trevor Baylis Brands', a company formed to help inventors learn more about their inventions, how to go about protecting them and seek routes-to-market for the commercially viable ideas.

Trevor made many television and radio interviews and appearances in the UK, and was also in demand for TV shows in countries such as Japan, Holland, and U.S.A.

He was a popular after-dinner speaker and worked with clients as diverse as Anderson Consulting, Sun Life, Pfizer, The Law Society, The Royal Institution, Microsoft, Unilever, and RS Components. He was an inspiring, entertaining and enthusiastic motivational speaker with a real passion for promoting enterprise and innovation.

He participated in an Oxford Union Debate with the chief government scientist, Sir Robert May. He regularly lectured at Universities and Colleges, and this, together with appearances on many Satellite TV channels as well as the BBC, ITN and News World made him into a well-known personality.

Trevor continued to promote the concept of 'personal power'.  His biography entitled 'Clock This' was on the bestseller list.  In 2016 he was awarded the CBE in recognition of his services to Invention.

Sadly Trevor died at home on the 5th March 2018. He was 80 years old.