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Alexander Graham Bell
Transcript of Alexander Graham Bell
During his youth, Alexander experienced big influences that would carry into his adult life.One was his grandfather, Alexander Bell, a well-known professor and teacher of elocution. Alexander's mother also had a profound influence on him, being a proficient pianist despite her deafness. This taught Alexander to look past people's disadvantages and find solutions to help them.
The First Telephone Call
Bell knocked over a container of fluid and shouted, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you!" The more likely explanation was that Bell heard a noise over the wire and called to his assistant. In any case, Watson heard Bell's voice through the wire and thus received the first telephone call. The Bell Telephone Company was organized on July 9, 1877. With each new success, Alexander Graham Bell was moving out of the shadow of his father.
Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. His education was received through numerous experiments in sound and the furthering of his father’s work on Visible Speech for the deaf. Bell worked with Thomas Watson on the design and patent of the first practical telephone. In all, Bell held 18 patent in his name alone and 12 that he shared with collaborators. He died on August 2, 1922, in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Fails Alexander Had in His Life
Setbacks Bell Had in His Life
Over the next 18 years, the Bell Telephone Company faced over 550 court challenges, including several that went to the Supreme Court, but none was successful. Despite these patent battles, the company continued to grow. Between the years 1877 and 1886, the number of people in the United States who owned telephones grew to more than 150,000.
Alexander Graham Bell
By: Karigan Hooker
Alexander's First Invention
Alexander Graham Bell was home schooled by his mother, who taught him to have an infinite curiosity about the world around him. He received one year of formal education in a private school and two years at Edinburgh's Royal High School. At age 12, while playing with a friend in a grain mill, he noted the slow process of husking the wheat grain. He went home and built a device with rotating paddles with sets of nail brushes that dehusked the wheat. It was his first invention.
The Deaf and Mute
Combining his father's system of Visible Speech and some of his own methods, he achieved remarkable success at a school for deaf and mutes. Though the school had no funds to hire Bell for another semester, he had fallen in love with the rich atmosphere of Boston. In 1872, he set out on his own, tutoring deaf children in Boston. His association with two students, George Sanders and Mabel Hubbard, would set him on a new course.
Graham's Over Shadow of His Life
Alexander Graham Bell was one of the first inventors of the telephone, and who did important work in communication for the deaf and held more than 18 patents.
Did he Believe in God
There is little information about Bell’s religious upbringing, but it is safe to assume that he was raised in the Church of Scotland. His wife, Mabel, said that he never denied nor affirmed the existence of God. Though the Bells would occasionally attend church, and they sent their children to Presbyterian church regularly but, it was not a major part of their life.
“Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself.”
—Alexander Graham Bell
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Alexander Graham Bell, Mabel Bell, and their children
In the last thirty years of his life, Bell was involved in a wide range of projects and pursued them at a furious pace. He worked on inventions in flight, scientific publications, and exploration of the earth.Alexander Graham Bell died peacefully, with his wife by his side, in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, on August 2, 1922. The entire telephone system was shut down for one minute in tribute to his life. Within a few months, Mabel also passed away. Alexander Graham Bell's contribution to the modern world and its technologies was enormous.
He failed only 257 times before he found the right frequency to talk to man. Think how he felt when he accidentally found the right frequency.