Alexander Graham Bell

The Inventor of the First Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He had two siblings. When he was a child, he was home-schooled by his father.  His mother was deaf, and his two brothers both died of tuberculosis. He attended the University of Edinburgh.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the first working telephone. Bell thought it was possible to generate undulating electrical currents. Bell wanted to transmit speech electrically, and he used gallows to transmit voice-like sounds.  He eventually perfected a sound-powered telephone that could transmit clear speech.  At first the telephone looked like a circular device you could put near your ear.  It then turned into a rotary telephone where you have a circle dial, and it eventually became the telephones we use today.


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