The Telephone Becomes 140 Years Old

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 23:54

The invention of telephone is considered as one of the most important events in human history. 140 years ago, on this day,, Alexander Graham Bell made the first call on the phone he invented.

According to ISCA, quoting Zoomit, if it were not for Graham-Bell, we would not have been able to make phone calls today. Interestingly though, the inventor admitted that he owed his success to a mistranslation of a single key concept in a German text on artificial speech production, which serendipitously became the framework for his invention.

Bell's father, grandfather, and brother were all involved 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 resulted in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone on March 7, 1876.

A few days after receiving the patent, he put the "Receiving Instrument" in one room and the "Transmitting Instrument" in another with the doors of both rooms closed. Bell said, "Mr. Watson, Come here, I want to see you." To his delight, Watson "came and declared that he had heard and understood what [Bell] said." This event would later be considered the first telephone call ever made.

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