Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell (Wikipedia)
Queen Victoria uses the telephone for the first time (British Library)
Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist and inventor who built the first working telephone. He was born in Edinburgh,
In 1870 he moved to Canada where he continued work with sound and vocal patterns, notably converting the Mowhawk language into speech symbols enabling a written form to be made.
Bell moved to Boston, Mass. and began work on an acoustic telegraph, a forerunner of the telephone, with Thomas Watson, his assistant. They managed to get a liquid transmitter device to work successfully and patented it in March 1876, controversially beating Elisha Grey, an American inventor, to the patent office. Bell may have used some of Grey’s ideas for the device.
March 10th 1876 Bell famously spoke to his assistant in another room saying
By August that year, he could speak to someone over five miles away along the wires.
They sold the invention to the Western Union for $100,000 and set up the Bell Company in 1877.
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She wrote afterwards: “
The person singing was called Kate Field who also played , an Irish ballad, on the piano and then sang Comin’ thro’ the Rye and . Later on, the Queen listened to calls from Cowes, Southampton and London, from where she heard God Save the Queen played on
Two telephones were purchased for Osborne House soon after for the price of £25 each.
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