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Dreams come true-Professor Alexander Graham Bell and the story of the telephone

Updated on January 12, 2015

A dream come true

The young professor was working in his workshop in a narrow street in Boston, a few steps from scullery square. It was a very hot afternoon in June, but the man didn't notice. He was totally absorbed in his strange machine which he had been working for about three years. Suddenly he heard an almost inaudible sound, the first sound ever transmitted through a wire. The machine was the very first telephone and the young man was Alexander Graham Bell.

Although he was only 28 years old at the time, Alexander had been working in the fields of speech, anatomy, electricity and telegraphy for over 11 years. His grandfather had invented a speech problems. In fact, his whole family had been involved in the study of speech and sounds. Alexander’s father had also written several books on how to speak correctly as well as creating a form of sign language called ‘visible speech’.

At the age of 16 Alexander started to help teach young deaf mutes. He used his father’s system of ‘visible speech’and achieved amazing results. Sadly, around this time the brutal disease called the white plague, spread trough Britain and both Alexander’s brother died. As a result Alexander and his parents left the country and moved to Canada. He was teaching to a tribe of Mohawk Indians in a small Canadian town called Bretford, when the Boston Board of Education asked him to come and work in the USA at a new school for deaf mutes.

He became so successful that he soon opened his own school called ‘The School of Vocal Physiology’. However , he was so busy there that he did not have the time to work on his inventions.

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Wife and dreams

A few years later, he agreed to give private lessons to a young boy whose family allowed him to use their basement as a workshop. This gave Alexander the opportunity to resume his experiments with sound transmitters. He used to spend all his free time, and most of his money, on his inventions. At that time he had another student who greatly influenced his life. She was a young girl who had lost her hearing and the ability to speak because of a childhood illness. Her name was Mabel Hubbard, and four years later they got married. Although many people taught that inventing a human voice transmitter was impossible ( other who believed in it taught that it's a waste of time) Alexander did not give up his dream. He continued his experiments with sound vibrations. He even copied the design of the human ear using iron rods and electrical wires to produce the same effect.

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Amazing Discovery

Alexander was spending so much time and energy on his inventions he did less work with his students and soon ran out of money. He was about to give up when he met Professor John Henry, an expert on the telegraph and electricity. Professor Henry realized immediately that Alexander had made an amazing discovery and encouraged him to continue with his experiments.

In order to survive financially Bell had to work on the musical telegraph, but he also continued working on his mechanical voice transmitter. On that summer afternoon in 1875, when Alexander heard the first sound transmitted over his machine, he realized that he had finally achieved his goal. Almost a year later, in March 1876, the first words were heard coming through the phone.


Invention Complete

On his 29th birthday Alexander Graham Bell registered his invention with the patent office and, because had never seen anything like it before, they registered his invention ‘an improvement in telegraphy’. The name ‘telephone’ came later.


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      5 years ago

      Hi i love it i injoy it thanks for sharing and videos.

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      7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Very interesting.

      We take phones for granted now, but they must have been so exciting as a new invention.

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      DREAM ON 

      7 years ago

      I often come back again to the same hubs to reinforce all the knowledge I love.I enjoy it so much I want it to be part of me.Thank you for sharing and enjoying lifes wonders.I love your love for animals so much.

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      8 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi, I know many people are grateful for the invention of the telephone; and cellphones are one the best also. Voted up.

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      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      I never knew the facts that you shared.I loved the video and it made me realize how important sound is.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Great info that I didn't know about Graham Bell. Well told and highly readable - do look out for all those typos and some minor errors in the text... voted up!


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