Famous for inventing the Clockwork Radio, Trevor Baylis is passionate about inventions and innovation. An in-demand keynote speaker, he shares his extraordinary experiences with companies and associations all over the world, motivating others people to think 'outside the square' to find new solutions to problems.
Trevor Baylis CBE is most famous for the creation of the Clockwork Radio and his career is built on a lifetime interest in invention and innovation. He is in great demand as a keynote speaker, sharing his extraordinary experiences with companies and associations all over the world.
He inspires and motivates people to think 'outside the square', and is still devoted to finding new solutions developing new ideas and products.
Trevor was born in 1937 in London during the Blitz. At the age of 15, he swam for Britain, and worked as a stunt man and escapologist in a Berlin circus, and as a Physical Training Instructor for the Army. Later he joined a swimming pool company as a salesman, and then moved into R & D. In 1970, he designed and built a large portable glass sided tank which was used for giving high diving and underwater swimming exhibitions. Eventually he set up his own swimming pool company and sold a pool of his own design to over 350 schools throughout the UK - many of which are still in use today.
Trevor also invented a series of products for the disabled called 'Orange Aids'. The first ideas for the development of the Clockwork Radio came to Trevor in the early 90s after watching a programme on the spread of AIDS in Africa. He recognised the need for a means of getting health information to poor areas of the country where there was little or no electricity and batteries were beyond the means of most of the population.
The first working prototype ran for 14 minutes. With support and encouragement from the BBC World Service in 1994, the Clockwork Radio was featured on 'Tomorrows World' after which a product champion was found and plans were struck to employ disabled people in the manufacture of radios. The factory was opened in 1995 in South Africa and QED made and broadcast a documentary, which further raised the product profile and in 1996, he won the BBC Design Award for the Best Product and Best Design, and in 1997 he was awarded an O.B.E. for services to Africa.
Helping others bring their great ideas to life, he runs TBB, Trevor Baylis Brands, a consultancy service which advises people on whether their idea will work in principle, offering a discovery service to all those inventors nervous to take the first leap. His company has had such success that it now has a share listing on the stock market.
Trevor has always worked tirelessly to promote the cause of the lone inventor, and has been concerned about the neglect of invention, inventors, and intellectual property in the UK for many years. He is a sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business, invention and intellectual property.