Portrait of Alexander Graham Bellc.1914–19 |
Born | March 3, 1847
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK |
Died | August 2, 1922 (aged 75)
Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, Canada |
Cause of death | Complications from diabetes |
Education | University of Edinburgh
University College London |
Occupation | Inventor
Professor (Boston University)
Teacher of the deaf |
Known for | Inventing the Telephone |
Spouse | Mabel Hubbard
(married 1877–1922) |
Children | (4) Two sons who died in infancy and two daughters |
Parents | Alexander Melville Bell
Eliza Grace Symonds Bell |
Relatives | Gardiner Greene Hubbard(father-in-law)
Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor (son-in-law)
Melville Bell Grosvenor(grandson)
Gilbert Melville Grosvenor (great-grandson)
Chichester Bell (cousin) |
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Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. [N 1]
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.[N 2] 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, Alexander Graham Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society. Bell has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history.
Alexander Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on... [continues]
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