Trevor Baylis was born in 1937 in Kilburn, London. 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. 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 to help inventors get their products to market.