Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922) was another Renaissance man. He was a scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who invented many items that are used every day. With his mother and wife deaf, he spent much of his life working on a cure for deafness. This eventually led to experimentation with devices that resulted in the invention of the telephone in 1876 . (See pic of first phone)
Bell also obtained patents for the telegraph, the phonograph, aerial vehicles, metal detector and an audiometer. He was one of the first to investigate alternative fuels, including methane gas and solar. He also experimented with impressing a magnetic field on a record to reproduce sound. While he couldn’t make it workable, his work was later applied to invent tape recorders and hard and floppy computer disks. He was a founding member of the National Geographic Society and founded the Bell Telephone Co.
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