The author cites each of the British patents of 29 radio and television inventors in chronological order, giving the researcher a sense of the historical development of each inventor's work. Some inventors whose early work in electricity and telegraphy prepared the way for radio's birth have been included, as well as inventors directly involved in radio and television. Citations for Marconi's British patents, from the beginning of radio in the nineteenth century through 1955. With a title index for each inventor with ten or more patents, a cumulated title index to all patents in the book, and a personal name index that locates patents granted in the name of more than one person.
David W. Kraeuter (BA, Geneva College; MLS, University of Pittsburgh) has been a reference librarian at Washington and Jefferson College since 1968. His articles on radios and radio history have appeared in various popular and technical journals, and he edits The Pittsburgh Oscillator: The Journal of the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society.