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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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First Voice Transmission

Alexander Graham Bell used his own invention, the “photophone”, to transmit the first wireless telephone message on June 3, 1880.

Bell held four different patents for a version of the photophone, which was similar to the telephone but different in their methods of projection; the photophone used light as a source, while the telephone used electricity.

The first voice transmission was sent by Alexander Graham Bell at the top of the Franklin School in Washington D.C. which now carries a plaque that reads: “FROM THE TOP FLOOR OF THIS BUILDING/WAS SENT ON JUNE 3, 1880/OVER A BEAM OF LIGHT TO 1325 ‘L’ STREET/THE FIRST WIRELESS TELEPHONE MESSAGE/IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.”

Sources: Library of Congress, Wikipedia

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Alexander Graham Bell Patents the Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for the telephone on March 7, 1876.

Bell’s father, Melville Bell invented Visible Speech, which was a written method for teaching speaking to the deaf. Stemming from this, Alexander Graham Bell became interested in the idea of speech transmission over wires. He wished to develop a machine that would combine properties of a telegraph and a record player to create something called a “harmonic telegraph” in which people could speak with one another over a great distance.

Bell enlisted the help of a Boston machine shop worker, Thomas A. Watson, to create a prototype. Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his invention (# 174,465) on March 7, 1876. This patent beat out a similar patent request from Elisha Gray by only a few hours.

Celebrate the telephone patent today by calling someone up on the phone. In this day and age, we get so caught up in text messaging and e-mailing that we forget how comforting it is to hear a loved one’s voice on the other end of the line.

Sources: History.com, Wikipedia

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Emma M. Nutt Day

September 1 is Emma M. Nutt Day!

On September 1, 1878, Emma M. Nutt became the world’s first female telephone operator, a career that lasted 33 years! Before September 1, 1878, the Boston Telephone Dispatch Company, which hired Nutt, only hired boys as telephone operators. However, their impatience and immature behavior led the company to start hiring women. After hearing positive feedback about Nutt’s patience, friendly attitude and soothing, cultured voice while on the phone, the company completely replaced male operators with female operators.

To honor Nutt and her successful career, maintain a pleasant attitude and friendly voice whenever you’re on the phone today…no matter what!

 

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