1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for the telephone
Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone.
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 U.S. patent for the telephone, on March 7, 1876.
Many other inventions marked Bell’s later life, including ground breaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils, and aeronautics.
Extra Note: Bell considered his invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.
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