Charles Sumner Tainter

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1854 – 1940

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Who was Charles Sumner Tainter?

Charles Sumner Tainter was an American scientific instrument maker, engineer and inventor, best known for his collaborations with Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, Alexander's father-in-law Gardiner Hubbard, and for his significant improvements to Thomas Edison's phonograph, resulting in the Graphophone, one version of which was the first Dictaphone.

Later in his career Tainter was associated with the International Graphopone Company of West Virginia, and also managed his own research and development laboratory, earning him the title: 'Father Of The Talking Machine'.

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Born
Apr 25, 1854
Watertown
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  • United States of America
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Died
Apr 20, 1940

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on July 23, 2013

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