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Wind-up radio inventor Trevor Baylis dies aged 80

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British inventor Trevor Baylis, who developed the first radio powered by a crank, has died following a long illness.

David Bunting, who runs Trevor Baylis Brands, confirmed that his company’s founder passed away of natural causes yesterday, 5 March 2018.

Baylis was best-known for his hand-powered, wind-up radio, for which he was awarded an OBE.

He was inspired to develop the design in 1989, after watching a television programme about the spread of AIDS in Africa. He learnt that, in many areas of Africa, people had no access to mass communication due to a lack of electricity or access to batteries, so were unaware of the disease.

Read more about his life and work here.


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