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Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell was an influential scientist, engineer and inventor. The following are some interesting facts about this man:

  • He was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the universities of Edinburgh and London. Bell immigrated to Canada in 1870 and to the United States in 1871. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1882.

  • He is widely credited with the invention of the first practical telephone.

  • He didn’t have the middle name “Graham” until he turned 11. His father gave him his middle name as a birthday present as he wanted a middle name like his two brothers.

  • Bell was an excellent piano player at a young age.

  • His mother and wife were both deaf and this had a major influence on his work. He studied the human voice and worked with various schools for the deaf. In 1872, he founded a school to train teachers of the deaf in Boston, Massachusetts and became part of Boston University.

  • Bell experimented with sound, working with devices such as a ‘harmonic telegraph’ (used to send multiple messages over a single wire) and a ‘phonautograph’ (used to record sound).

  • He worked on acoustic telegraphy with his assistant, electrical designer Thomas Watson.

Read more about Alexander Graham Bell in today’s Science Fun!

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