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Bell (Alexander G.) collection
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Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was granted patents in 1874 on a multiple telegraph, invented the telephone (1875) and the photophone (1880). The collection consists of works by and about Alexander Graham Bell. Includes pamphlets, reprints, proceedings, portraits and geneological information compiled by Bell and others.
Bell was born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland; attended Edinburgh University; became assistant in London to his father, who originated phonetic visible speech system for teaching the deaf; his father moved the family to Canada in 1870; from 1873-77 Bell served as a professor of vocal physiology at Boston University; he was granted patents in 1874 on a multiple telegraph for sending two or more messages simultaneously over the same wire; invented telephone, 1875; in 1880 he patented the photophone; his laboratory in Braddock Bay, Nova Scotia turned out hydrofoil speedboats and aerial locomotion by way of kites; Bell served Clarke School for the Deaf at Northampton, Massachusetts for 51 years as teacher, researcher and president of the board; founding member of the National Geographic Society in 1888, and president, 1898-1903; he died in Braddock Bay, August 2, 1922.
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