Monday, March 06, 2006

7 March 1876: Alexander Graham Bell is Granted a Patent for The Telephone


1876: Bell speaking into prototype model of the telephone.
Image source: Wikipedia

Via Wikipedia.

Born Alexander Bell in Edinburgh, he later adopted the middle name Graham out of admiration for Alexander Graham, a family friend. Many called him "the father of the Deaf." This title is somewhat ironic due to his belief in the practice of Eugenics. He hoped to one day eradicate deafness from the population.


At Boston University he continued his research in the same field, and endeavored to produce a telephone which would not only send musical notes, but articulate speech. With financing from his American father-in-law, on March 7, 1876, the U.S. Patent Office granted him Patent Number 174,465 covering "the method of, and apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically ... by causing electrical undulations, similar in form to the vibrations of the air accompanying the said vocal or other sound", the telephone.

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