An Inspirational Inventor
Trevor Baylis was born on May 13, 1937, and died aged eighty on March 5, 2018.
His revolutionary radio is powered by winding a crank that stores energy in a spring that can then drive an electrical generator, instead of relying on batteries or an external power source.
He originally invented it to communicate information about AIDS to the people of Africa.
In 1997 he was awarded an OBE for humanitarian services, and in 2015 he was awarded a CBE for services to intellectual property.
He also received a total of 11 honorary degrees from UK universities.
In 2001, he completed a 100-mile walk across the Namib Desert to demonstrate his electric shoes and raise money for the Mines Advisory Group. The boots charged a small battery that could be used to operate a radio or mobile phone.