You can invent

DO Wales

Running Time
47m 16s


Trevor Baylis


Why invent? Art is pleasure, invention’s treasure

Trevor discusses the difficulties he had in getting my Clockwork Radio taken seriously as a product and the obstacles he faced taking it to market, illustrating the problems many inventors have in bringing their ideas to the attention of others and their attempts at commercial success. 

But most of all, he encourages and inspires us to think creatively or ‘outside the box.’

Trevor Baylis was born in 1937 in Kilburn, London and was brought up in Southall during the Blitz. His education was disrupted by the War which led to the failure at the 11+ exam. At the age of 15 however, Trevor was swimming for Great Britain. His first job was at a soil mechanics laboratory in Southall, where a part-time day release programme enabled him to study mechanical and structural engineering at the local technical college.

His early career was very diverse: he worked as a stunt man, escapologist, Physical Education Instructor for the Army, and proprietor of his own swimming pool company which successfully installed over 350 pools in schools throughout the UK using his own original design. 

Inspired by a television programme on AIDS in Africa he invented the Clockwork Radio, and in 1997 he was awarded an OBE for services to Africa. Always concerned about the neglect of inventors, inventions and intellectual property, he set up Trevor Baylis Brands plc ( ) to help inventors get their products to market. He is also in demand as a public speaker inspiring others to ‘think outside the square.’


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