Scottish scientist, engineer, and inventor Alexander Graham Bell died at the age of 75 on August 2, 1922 due to complications from diabetes.
Born on March 3, 1847, Bell exhibited a natural scientific curiosity and a talent for the arts, which his mother nurtured. His mother (and later in life, his wife) were both deaf, impacting his desire to work with elocution and speech down the road.
Bell’s efforts in the fields of hearing and speech led him to receive a patent in 1876 for the first telephone. In addition to this groundbreaking invention, Alexander Graham Bell alone held 18 other patents, and 12 more with partners, mostly dealing with optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics.
Alexander Graham Bell helped found the National Geographic Society and has been credited as one of the most influential inventors of all time.