Is There One True Inventor of the Telephone?

Posted: 11/03/2017 by vequinox in Literature


413755JPNNLOn the 10th of March 1876, three days after his patent was issued, Scottish-born Canadian scientist Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922) succeeded in communicating with sound, using a liquid transmitter similar to Elisha Gray’s design of an early telephone. Controversy reigned over who was the first actual inventor of the device, and recent books claim that Bell appropriated Gray’s ideas, even bribed an inspector to let him snoop on the patent Gray’s was filing. On the fateful day, the vibration of Bell’s telephone diaphragm caused a needle to vibrate in the water, varying the electrical resistance in the circuit. When Bell spoke the famous sentence “Mr. Watson, come here I want you” into the liquid transmitter, his assistant, listening at the receiving end in an adjoining room of his Boston laboratory, heard the words clearly and promptly acted on Bell’s request. The rest is history, or is…

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