Who Was Alexander Graham Bell?
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Did you know that Bell's amazing invention--the telephone--stemmed from his work on teaching the deaf? Both his mother and wife were deaf. Or, did you know that in later years he refused to have a telephone in his study? Bell's story will fascinate young readers interested in the early history of modern technology!
headaches. Eliza decided a change was needed, a big change. Eliza, Melville, and Aleck moved across the Atlantic to Canada! They lived in a big farmhouse in Brantford, Ontario. The air was crisp. It was beautiful country. Aleck rested and grew well again. Of course he didn’t just rest—he spent time experimenting with sound. Soon he felt it was time to get on with his life. So in April 1871, Aleck moved to Boston, Massachusetts. He landed a job teaching at the well-known Boston School for the
Don Pedro II—the emperor of Brazil—spotted Alec. He had once visited Alec at the Boston School for the Deaf and remembered him. Perhaps Alec had something interesting to show. The emperor crossed the floor to Alec’s exhibit stand, and the other judges followed. One of them picked up the receiver of Alec’s telephone and put it to his ear. Alec went to the other side of the hall and spoke into the mouthpiece. The judge was astonished—he had heard Alec clearly! Now it was the emperor’s turn.
People were hired to cut lumber for telephone poles. Workers were needed to string the wires on the poles. And telephone operators were hired to help people make their calls. TELEPHONE OPERATORS WHEN THE TELEPHONE FIRST CAME OUT, PEOPLE COULDN’T JUST DIAL A NUMBER THEMSELVES. FIRST THEY HAD TO SPEAK TO A TELEPHONE OPERATOR WHO PLACED THE CALL FOR THEM BY CONNECTING WIRES ON A SWITCHBOARD. THE FIRST TELEPHONE OPERATORS WERE TEENAGE BOYS. WHY? MANY YOUNG BOYS HAD WORKED IN TELEGRAPH OFFICES AND
ALSO REALIZED THAT THIS DESIGN COULD BE USED FOR BUILDINGS—NOT ONLY WAS IT LIGHT, BUT IT COULD SUPPORT A LOT OF WEIGHT. THE BUILDERS OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE, WHICH CONNECTS NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY, WERE AMONG THE FIRST TO USE ALEC’S IDEA IN THEIR CONSTRUCTION! Alexander Graham Bell spent his life dedicated to science. In 1888, his father-in-law Gardiner Greene Hubbard helped start National Geographic Magazine. The magazine would cover many topics including nature, geography, foreign
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