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87. Alexander Graham Bell: Inventor of the Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell, a Scottish-born inventor, scientist, and
, is one of the most famous people to
live in the United States. He is credited
the invention of the first, practical telephone in
world, which changed the way people communicate to
day. Born on March 3, 1847, Bell was
greatly by his grandfather and father, who were
involved in work related to speech, and elocution.
greatest invention is the telephone, but ironically, he
to have a phone in his work area.
felt phones were intrusive, and a nuisance.
Bell's childhood as both of his brothers died
complications associated with tuberculosis. He came from a
of educators as his father was a university
. His first invention was a simple corn de-husking
he built for his childhood best friend. Bell
had other talents. He possessed a talent for
, and with no formal training, taught himself how
play the piano. He was also a ventriloquist,
entertained his friends with his curious talent.
the booming economy in the United States, telegraph
were being overwhelmed, and new lines had to
constructed to accommodate the traffic. The U.S. sought
help of inventors to design a line that
transmit several messages at once, which would be
marked improvement over the single transmission lines. Bell
investors with his new idea, the telephone, and
acquired the financing needed for his work.
10, 1876, Bell's invention was put to the
. The first words transmitted by phone were to
assistant. "Mr. Watson - come here - I
to see you." Watson heard Bell's words clearly
the next room, and the telephone came into