Alexander Graham Bell was born Alexander Bell on March 3, 1847.  He was a Scottish-born inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone. He also co-founded the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in 1885.

Every March 7 Alexander Graham Bell Day is celebrated as this was the day the patent for “transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically,” was granted. Then on March 10th Bell made that iconic statement,  “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you,” through a transmitter. Thomas Watson, his assistant in the next room, received the ‘call’ and heard Bell’s voice clearly — the first telephone call was made. Because of this “first practical telephone” the entire globe celebrates this day as a day of discovery and invention. The legislature in Nova Scotia, Canada has declared March 7 as an official holiday.

Bell had no idea how the course of human history would be changed by his invention. Led by Martin Cooper; the Motorola research team developed what is now known as the “first practical cell phone” from Bell’s original concept. It was called the Motorola DynaTAC, and it still wasn’t a tiny device — it was 9 inches (22.9 centimeters) long and weighed 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms). Just like Bell, Cooper decided to make one of the first cellular telephone calls to professional rival Joel Engel at Bell Labs. That’s right — the first cell phone was involved in what some might refer to as a prank call!

Although Motorola is credited with the discovery of the “first practical cell phone.”It was Reginald Fessenden who made the first wireless telephone call— transmitting the human voice via radio waves. Thus, sending a signal from one radio tower to another.

Little Bell Trivia. Bell considered his famous invention an intrusion on his real scientific work and refused to have a telephone placed in his study.

References:

  1. From Black (1997), p. 18: “He thought he could harness the new electronic technology by creating a machine with a transmitter and receiver that would send sounds telegraphically to help people hear.”

Accessed Wikipedia.org 06 February 2022.
Accessed HowStuffWorks 06 February 2022.

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