Alexander Graham Bell

Physicist, Inventor

1847 – 1922

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Who was Alexander Graham Bell?

Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.

Bell's father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell's life's work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first US patent for the telephone in 1876. In retrospect, Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.

Many other inventions marked Bell's later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics. In 1888, Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society. He has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history.

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Born
Mar 3, 1847
Edinburgh
Also known as
  • Bell, Alexander Graham
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Siblings
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Scottish people
  • Scottish American
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University College London
  • University of London
  • Royal High School, Edinburgh
Lived in
  • Massachusetts
  • Edinburgh
Died
Aug 2, 1922
Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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