Trevor Baylis was born in Kilburn, London, England back in 1937 to Cecil and Gladys. He attended the North Primary and Dormers Wells Secondary Modern School. After graduation, he worked for the Soil Mechanics Laboratory in Southall. He joined the Army in 1959, as a physical-training instructor with the Royal Sussex Regiment.
After his service, he worked for Purley Pools for a short time where he performed as a stunt performer. His specialty was performing high-dives into a glass-sided tank. It was during this time he noticed the plight of the disabled. He invented over 200 devices to make their lives easier. He invented the one-handed bottle openers, foot-operated scissors, can openers and sketching easels to name a few.
But what you may not know about Trevor is that he saw a television program about the AIDS in Africa. That prompted him that a way to stop the spread would be to educate and disseminate information via radio. So, his last invention was the wind-up radio, because of the lack of an electrical source that provided people with a way of being educated even without electrical power.
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