|Born||12 October 1810|
Watten, Caithness, Scotland
|Died||2 January 1877 | Age 66|
Alexander Bain 1843
Electric clocks 1841
Bain had already invented the electric clock. Using this knowledge he felt he could improve telegraphy by transmitting copies of actual written documents. Bain used a clock to synchronize the movement of two pendulums, a transmitter and a receiver, for line-by-line scanning of a message. He attached a stylus that was an electrically conductive to the swinging pendulum. Every swing over a conductive surface was reproduced at the receiver.
Frederick Bakewell went on to improve the concept with his "Image Telegraph" which he demonstrated at the 1851 World's Fair in London.
Many improvements came along and eventually the FAX machine became standard office equipment by the 1980s. It is still widely used but it's future looks a short one with computers now the favoured device for sending images.
Tags: FAX image facsimile transmission