1860 – The oldest known recording of an audible human voice is made
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (25 April 1817 – 26 April 1879) was a French printer, bookseller and inventor.
He invented the earliest known sound recording device, the phonautograph, which was patented in France on 25 March 1857.
To collect sound, the phonautograph used a horn attached to a diaphragm which vibrated a stiff bristle which inscribed an image on a lampblack-coated, hand-cranked cylinder.
The phonautograph created only visual images of the sound and did not have the ability to play back its recordings.
Extra Note: He was not, however, able to profit from his invention, and spent the remainder of his life as a bookseller.
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