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Hubert Leslie McMichael was born in 1884 and studied at the Technical College Birmingham. During World War I he worked at the Wireless Instructional Section of the Royal Flying Corps.
In 1913 he founded the London Wireless Club with a group of friends, which eventually grew into the Radio Society of Great Britain in 1922.
In the middle of 1920 McMichael as well as Benjamin Hesketh started a company. McMichael sold radio equipment which was left over from World War I, books and magazines. Hesketh made components, such as resistors, capacitors and coils.
In 1922 both companies were merged to form MH, McMichael Hesketh. The same year also saw the first big radio exhibition, the All-British Wireless Exhibition. The submission of McMichael was particularly large and attracted strong attention. Wireless World magazine devoted two full pages to the receivers, which were described as "very beautifully finished and of compact design."
McMichael presented the MH1, MH2, MH3 and MH4, the number indicating the number of valves.
In 1923, McMichael introduced the MHRB (McMichael Hesketh Broadcast Receiver), specially designed for the consumer market at the beginning of the first broadcasts by the BBC.

McMichael advertisement, 1933

In 1926, McMichael also began production of radio equipment for the Navy.
The first portable radios, like the Portable Five with 5 triodes, were issued in 1927.
In 1928, McMichael introduced a full range of high quality Dimic plug-in coils. These coils were used in the Screened Dimic Three, an "all wave" receiver, which was also very popular in the colonies. In that year also the first AC receiver appeared.
At the end of 1930, McMichael introduced the first radiogram.
Although McMichael made experimental superheterodynes as early as the mid-20s, it took until 1933 before they started making this type of receivers for the consumer market.
Quality was a major driving force. McMichael made all the parts themselves, with the exception of valves and headphones.
In 1936 the company began with the development of television, an activity that ended abruptly after the outbreak of the Second World War. During WWII the company was active as a manufacturer of bomb racks for aircraft and WTII transceiver equipment for tanks and other military vehicles.
After the war, McMichael returned to the consumer market, and 1947, at the first Radiolympia Radio Show, introduced a complete new series of radios, televisions and radiograms.
McMichael also remained active on the professional market. They made sonar equipment for the Navy and the Army.
In 1951 Leslie McMichael died at the age of 67.
The last McMichael radios and televisions were produced in 1955. In 1956 the company merged with the Sobell Group under the name Radio and Allied Industries Limited. Radios and televisions were from that moment on released under the brand name Sobell, while McMichael focused on work for the military and equipment for universities.

The first Engish satellite UK1, launched in 1960, carried McMichael equipment.

Radio and Allied Industries Limited was taken over by General Electric Company in 1961.
The name McMichael Radio Ltd., was changed to McMichael Ltd. in 1963, because the company no longer made radios.

McMichael's Wireless Service delivery van, 1923

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