Alexander Graham Bell was an American scientist, inventor and engineer. You may know him as the inventor of the telephone, but he did much more than that. He also refined the phonograph, created the metal detector and early forms of the hydrofoil and other machines.
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He also established a school for the deaf in Boston, Massachusetts and was a professor of speech and vocal physiology at Boston University. This is where he taught and experimented with telegraph messages and devices to help the deaf learn to speak. This is what sparked the idea for his most famous invention: the practical telephone.
Alexander Graham Bell Biography:
Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He emigrated to Canada, then to the United States. He is known for creating the first practical telephone and founding the Bell Telephone Company in 1877. Bell also refined the phonograph in 1886. In October 1872, Bell opened his own School of Vocal Physiology and Mechanics of Speech in Boston. This school helped to train teachers of the deaf. This is where he met the now famous, Helen Keller who was a student of his.
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Alexander Graham Bell and the Deaf Community:
Bell’s interest in deafness came from his family connections and history. His mother was almost completely deaf. His father and his grandfather also experimented with sound and research on voice. He married a deaf woman who was deaf from a child hood illness. These connections to the deaf community inspired him to work as a teacher and private tutor for the hearing impaired.
He also met and began a lifelong friendship with Helen Keller through his school. Working with the deaf is what pushed him further in learning about sound and communication. You can learn more about his work with the deaf in these articles:
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