Technology started its journey long ago and a wide number of people have contributed to its development profoundly. Alexander Graham Bell is one of those who played an important role in the development of communications with the invention of the telephone. Today, a telephone is a great tool for communication and without the support of telephone, communication is really difficult. But there are some other important matters are also available for this great scientist. Here are some important and interesting facts about this scientist.
The Science of Sound: Have you ever wondered why this man invested his time on inventing the telephone as a communication device? The answer is simple. Actually, he was conducting research on the science of sound. He became interested in the science of sound because he had deafness in his family. Both his mother and wife were deaf. To make communication easier for them, he started research on sound.
Bell Telephone Company: During the research, he founded the Bell Telephone Company. But to conduct the research, he had to gather money from different people. And they were the investors and in 1877 he founded the company. The company had changed its name several times. Now the company is a well-known one and known as AT&T.
Homeschooling: Initially Alexander Graham Bell had a homeschooling. His father was a teacher as well. Later he was sent to the University of Edinburgh as a high school student.
Father of Metal Detector: Alexander Graham Bell has invented a good number of things. But he is also recognized as the father of the metal detector. This was used to detect bullets and other metal objects and particularly used to detect a bullet inside of President James Garfield.
Device for Hearing Impaired: He researched a lot and finally invented a device for the communication with the hearing impaired people. It was a telephone. Actually, it was intended to be used by the hearing impaired people.
Instructor at 16: When Alexander Graham Bell was 16, he became the instructor in his own school. He used to instruct about elocution. Though he became a specialist in this issue, he did not have any formal education about elocution. Rather he got training from his father and grandfather. But based on the informal training he gained a huge popularity.
Teacher for Hearing Impaired Students: He also developed a sense to deal with the hearing impaired people for some private reasons. He became sympathetic to them. So, he also became a teacher for the hearing impaired people. He tried to help them in vocal communication. Moreover, he also was a private teacher for some of the deaf and mute students while he was teaching for them.
Moved to Canada: He and his family had to move to Canada for some health reasons. He had two other siblings and they died from tuberculosis. He also got affected with the disease. So, his parents thought to leave the country for some medical reasons.
First Words on Telephone: The very first words on the telephone were, “Mr. Watson… Come here … I want to see you”. The words were made for Thomas Watson who was his assistant in this invention and an electrical designer. The call was made from New York to San Francisco. Both of them together invented this device but Alexander Graham Bell had the large contribution in this invention.
Volta Laboratory Association: This was the laboratory established by Alexander Graham Bell and his associates. It was based in Washington, D.C. Now, this is a museum and opened for all. In this laboratory, Bell and his associates underwent a large number of experiments. The laboratory invented and simplified many technologies that we are using in the present age.
Birthday Present: He got his most precious birthday present at the age of 11. Before this age, he did not have the middle name ‘Graham’. Actually, it was his father who gave him the name when he turned 12. Though he asked for his middle name, his father denied giving till he was at a matured age.
Wide Research Arena: Alexander Graham Bell was not only confined to the science of sound. He also had researched about alternative fuel sources, medical research, hydrofoil watercraft development and much more.
Telephone Patent: There is an interesting story about patenting telephone. He filed his patent hours before filing the same patent by another inventor. If he had been late in patent submission, he could not have been considered as the inventor of the telephone and Elisha Gray would have been the inventor of this device.
He was a man sympathetic to the disabled people and tried his best to support them with the inventions. At present, we all are enjoying the benefits of his effort. And we are grateful to this great man.
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Famous Quotes by Alexander Graham Bell:
1. When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
2. The achievement of one goal should be the starting point of another.
3. The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.
4. The only difference between success and failure is the ability to take action.
5. You cannot force ideas. Successful ideas are the result of slow growth. Ideas do not reach perfection in a day, no matter how much study is put upon them.
6. When one door closes, another one opens.
7. The nation that secures control of the air will ultimately control the world.