10 March 1876 – On this day in history, Alexander Graham Bell summoned his assistant into another room with the words: ‘Watson, come here; I want you’. Those seven words changed the course of communications history, representing the first time discernible speech had been transmitted over a telephone system. Here’s ten more things I learned about this great man:
- He was born on 3 March, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland
- He emigrated to Canada in 1870 and the United States in 1871.
- In 1872 he founded a school to train teachers of the deaf in Boston and became part of Boston University.
- He was working on the idea of transmitting speech since he was 18.
- The Bell telephone company was established in 1877.
- Bell was one of the co-founders of the National Geographic Society, serving as its president from 1896 to 1904.
- He also helped establish the journal ‘Science’ by financing it from 1883 to 1894.
- Hi study of flight began with the construction of large kites and in 1907 he devised a kite capable of carrying a person.
- His two brothers, Melville James and Edward Charles, both died of tuberculosis.
- His two brothers had a middle name. Aged 10, Alexander asked his father if he too could have a middle name. His wish was granted on his 11th birthday.
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