An In­spi­ra­tional In­ven­tor

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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.

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