Monday, December 30, 2013

10 Interesting Facts About Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell left a long legacy. The name Bell at one point was synonymous with the telephone. Here a few facts about him that you may not know:
  • Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • He was an influential scientist, engineer and inventor.
  • His close friends and family called him Aleck.
  • He is widely credited with the invention of the first practical telephone.
  • Bell’s mother and wife were both deaf, which had a major impact on his work.
  • When he was 11 years old, his father gave him the middle name Graham as a birthday present since he didn't have one like his older brothers.
  • Bell’s first words spoken on the first functioning telephone to his assistant Watson were somewhere along the lines of “Mr Watson, come here. I want to see you.”
  • Bell was one of the co-founders of the National Geographic Society, and was its serving president from 1896 to 1904.
  • Bell also had very strong interest in other scientific fields such as, conducting medical research, searching for alternative fuel sources, experimenting with metal detectors, developing hydrofoil watercraft and much more.
  • Alexander Graham Bell died on August 2, 1922, at Baddeck, Cape Breton Island and as a tribute to his life the entire phone system was shut down for one minute.
If you know any interesting facts we may have left off, make sure to leave them in the comments!

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