DAVID BRIGGS A pair of WHARFEDALES The Story of Gilbert Briggs and his Loudspeakers About the author David Briggs BSc (Chem.), PhD, DSc received his degrees from the University of Durham. His career as a research scientist included 27 years with ICI plc, when he also held a number of visiting professorships, and 6 years as Professor of Surface Chemical Analysis at the University of Nottingham. During this time he published over 200 papers/articles and 10 books in his specialised field. In addition he was editor-in-chief of an international journal, a consultant and co-founder of a niche publishing company. Since retiring, family history has become the focus of his research. He is married, with one daughter, and lives in Worcestershire. David Briggs’ grandfather was Gilbert Briggs’first cousin. About this book A Pair of Wharfedales is both a biography of Gilbert Briggs, ‘the father of hi-fi’, and a history of the company he founded in 1932 to make these famous loudspeakers. His other outstanding contributions to the popularity of high fidelity sound, including the many best-selling audio books for the layman and the major concert-hall demonstrations featuring ‘live versus recorded’performances, are also covered in detail. Lavishly illustrated, this book is an important new contribution to the history of hi-fi and a treat for audiophiles. With a Foreword by Lord Broers. In later life, Gilbert Briggs was given the accolade ‘father of hi-fi’and this was richly deserved. He started Wharfedale Wireless Works in 1932 and designed the famous Wharfedale loudspeakers himself for over 20 years. He wrote 21 books on all aspects of audio for the layman between 1948 and 1967, published through Wharfedale, which sold well over a quarter of a million copies worldwide. He also staged audacious concert-demonstrations featuring ‘live versus recorded’performances in such venues as the Royal Festival Hall, London, and Carnegie Hall, NewYork, throughout the 1950s.Yet, he had no formal relevant training when he started Wharfedale, virtually bankrupted by the Depression which ended his 27 years in the Bradford textile industry - just a passion for music and a drive to improve the reproduction of sound. In his thoroughly researched book, David Briggs interweaves a biography of this remarkable man with a history of the Wharfedale Company and its products from 1932 to 1978. Along the way we encounter many of Gilbert Briggs’fellow audio pioneers, such as Peter Walker, Harold Leak, Cecil Watts, Arnold Sugden, Edgar Villchur and Raymond Cooke, and relive the most exciting period in the history of high fidelity sound reproduction. Lavishly illustrated with archive photographs, brochure material and advertisements this book will delight Wharfedale fans, audiophiles and those who simply want to know more about the personality behind the brand. With a Foreword by Lord Broers A pair of WHARFEDALES A pair of WHARFEDALES DAVID BRIGGS www.impublications.com