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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Happy Birthday Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell celebrated his birthday from the day he was born March 3rd, 1847 til just after his 75th birthday in 1922. Bell was an immigrant from Scotland and has been credited with inventions, scientific information and engineering work. His innovative personality would lead to being credited with patenting the first practical telephone. He also found the great company of AT&T in 1885. 

The men in Bell's family had all been involved in the education and speech field. His mother and wife were both deaf and Bell made it his life's work to help them. He researched and experimented with many hearing devices eventually patenting the first telephone in 1876. Bell did not delight in his invention as much as others as he thought it to be an intrusion into his real work. He refused to have telephone in his scientific studies. Bell work would in later life would lead him into more groundbreaking work. He would be one of 33 founders o the National Geographic Society and would serve as the second president for 5 years. 

Alexander Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland the middle brother of Melville and Edward. His brothers would both die of TB. His father also with the name of Alexander was a professor, and a phonetician. On Bell's 11th birthday he received a gift he much wanted, a middle name, Graham

Alexander Graham Bell's father was invited to the Boston School for Deaf Mutes (Horace Mann School for the Deaf) There he would introduce the visible speech system but he did not attend rather he sent his son. This would not be the only teaching assignment he would have as he trained teachers and staff in many areas. While at the school he worked on an invention to transfer sound and created the telephone. Alexander Graham Bell would make the first call on March 10, 1876 to his assistant Thomas Watson "Mr. Watson - come here - I want to see you" With the money he made with the invention he not only took care of himself, those he loved and the many causes he cared for he also helped other inventors.

Bell was never far from scientific experiments. He would crusade tirelessly for the deaf, encourage their integration into society with aide of lip reading and other techniques. In 1890 he created the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf.

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