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Father of Television's Emmy award arrives in Scotland

BBC.com reports that the Emmy awarded to a Scottish inventor almost 140 years after his death has arrived in East Dunbartonshire.

Alexander Bain was given the honour for his pioneering work in the transmission of images.

The inventor was born at Watten in Caithness in 1810 and died in poverty in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, in 1877.

The Emmys are a series of awards for television excellence – the equivalent of the Oscars in the film industry.

Bain’s invention is said to be one of the fundamental principles of television.

The honour was awarded at the 67th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in January.

‘Innovative work’

During his lifetime, Bain’s achievements included the invention of the electric clock and important contributions to the electric telegraph, but he is perhaps best known as the inventor of the fax machine, which he patented in 1843.

The invention, which came 33 years before the patent was given for the telephone, contained the fundamentals of what would become television.

It was the first time an image had been scanned from one location to another.

Read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-35493485