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Alexander Graham Bell Dies at 75

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.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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Christopher Cockerell’s Birthday

English engineer Christopher Cockerell, best known for inventing the hovercraft, was born on June 4, 1910.

Until 1935, Cockerell worked for the Radio Research Company followed by a stint with the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company until 1951. He invented the hovercraft in 1956.

A hovercraft is a vehicle that rests on an air cushion which is powered by a fan that is attached to the craft. The idea for the hovercraft was based on a desire to build a vehicle that moved over water surfaces, separated by a layer of air.

The world lost Cockerell on June 1, 1999 just a few days shy of his 89th birthday.

Sources: Wikipedia, About.com

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