Call me

Sheet music: From The New York Public Library

A big week for the telephone:

•  On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for his invention.

• On March 10, 1876, Bell makes the first telephone call, in his Boston lab, summoning his assistant, Thomas Watson, from the next room.

Interesting — 23 years later, almost to the day (March 6, 1899), the aspirin was invented.

 

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4 Responses to “Call me”

  1. Liz says:

    Bell’s interest in the telephone stemmed from his wife’s, and mother’s, hereditary deafness. His research records on deafness were kept at Volta Place in D.C. Unfortunately, his studies led to some association with the eugenics movement, though sounds like genetic counseling more than other aspects.

  2. Liz says:

    Comments lost twice. Hope this works. Bell’s interest in the telephone stemmed from his wife’s, and mother’s, hereditary deafness. His research records on deafness were kept at Volta Place in D.C. Unfortunately, his research resulted in some association with the eugenics movement, although it sounds more like genetic counseling than other aspects.

  3. Camille says:

    A whole other aspect; thanks, Liz. Do you have a special interest in this?

  4. Liz says:

    In my youth, worked for a doctor doing research on hereditary deafness, and looked at records at Volta. To refresh my memory, checked Wikipedia and came across info on eugenics.