Alexander Graham Bell: Inventor of the Telephone

Posted by Credo on 3/7/11 11:10 AM

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Today’s featured Topic Page is about Alexander Graham Bell, an American inventor best known for developing the telephone. Bell was born in Scotland but moved America in 1870 (when his family emigrated to Canada) and settled in Boston. While Bell began his career in the US as an educator, working as a professor at Boston University, his interest in the applications of electricity to sound led him to invent a new telegraph system, which we now refer to as the telephone.

Bell received the patent for this early innovation on March 7, 1876.  His work was the catalyst which helped the telephone develop into a universal system that's used for worldwide communication. While his business originally faced many challenges and several serious lawsuits, he prevailed and was able to see the telephone become the common household object it is today. For more information on Alexander Graham Bell and the specifics of his legal trouble, visit his Topic Page or read an excerpt from it below:

…On 10 March 1876, he sent the famous first telephone message to his assistant, Thomas A Watson: ‘Mr Watson, come here, I want you’. He established the Bell Telephone Company the following year. The telephone assured his fortune, the US Supreme Court upholding his patent rights against various claimants. He pursued other interests after 1880, including research into methods of teaching the deaf to speak, and also made improvements to Thomas A Edison’s phonograph.…

To continue reading about Bell’s many accomplishments and achievements in the world of science and to access relevant images and articles, check out the Alexander Graham Bell Topic Page.

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