Name: Alexander Graham [Inventor of Telephone] BELL
Birth: 3 MAR 1847 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: 2 AUG 1922 in Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, Canada
Emigration: 1870 Moved To Canada
Occupation: Inventor; teacher of deaf
Education: Edinburg University & University College, London
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Change Date: 5 MAR 2014
Alias/AKA: Aleck, Alec; he was born Alexander Bell and adopted thge middle name ?Graham? at age 11.
He was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.
In 1865 Bell concentrated on experimenting with electricity to convey sound and later installed a telegraph wire from his room in Somerset College to that of a friend. In 1870, at age 23, Bell, his brother's widow, Caroline (Margaret Ottaway), and his parents travelled on the SS Nestorian to Canada.
By 1874, Bell's initial work on the harmonic telegraph had entered a formative stage. With financial support from Sanders and Hubbard, Bell was able to hire Thomas Watson as his assistant and the two of them experimented with acoustic telegraphy. Meanwhile, Elisha Gray was also experimenting with acoustic telegraphy and thought of a way to transmit speech using a water transmitter.
In 1875, Bell developed an acoustis telegraph and drew up a patent application for it. Bell's patent 174,465, was issued to Bell on March 7, 1876, by the U.S. Patent Office. On March 10, 1876, three days after his patent was issued, Bell succeeded in getting his telephone to work, using a liquid transmitter similar to Gray's design. Although Bell was, and still is, accused of stealing the telephone from Gray, Bell used Gray's water transmitter design only after Bell's patent was granted and only as a proof of concept scientific experiment.
Continuing his experiments in Brantford, Bell brought home a working model of his telephone. The Bell Telephone Company was created in 1877, and by 1886, over 150,000 people in the U.S. owned telephones.
Father: Alexander Melville BELL b: 1 MAR 1819 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Mother: Eliza Grace SYMONDS b: 21 SEP 1809 in Alverstoke, Hampshire, England
Mabel Gardiner HUBBARD b: 25 NOV 1857 in Cambridge (Middlesex Co), MA
11 JUL 1877
in Cambridge (Middlesex Co), MA
- Elsia May [Immigrant] BELL b: 8 MAY 1878 in London, Greater London, England
- Marion Hubbard BELL b: 15 FEB 1880
- Edward BELL b: 1881
- Robert BELL b: 1883