Was Alexander Graham Bell the Sole Inventor of the Telephone?
There was no exception with Alexander Bell (1847-1922) like the inventors of many scientific breakthroughs, that he tried to gain sole credit for the important discoveries. Bells mother and wife were both deaf. Because of this, Graham Bell had a high level of interest in researching in favor of deaf people and in fact he developed the first hearing aids. During his research, after listening to a piano concert, Graham Bell honed in on the fact that a piano key struck a distance away, would be echoed for some distance with the right acoustic environment. This lead Bell to reason the pitch of a voice was key in transmitting the sound of a voice over long distances. Wanting to take it a step further, Bell started experimenting with different cords and wires. Intending to expand on the telegraph, Bell experimented with vibrations and the mechanics that ultimately lead to the first patented telephone in 1876.
This discovery is not without controversies. In 2002, The United States House of Representatives reviewed documentation and ultimately voted that the father of modern communication was in fact; Antonio Meucci (1808-1889). Meucci, unfortunately did not have enough funding to renew his patent and was unable to secure a meeting with the head of Western Union. It is also proven that Bell had acquired Meucci’s notes and material. It is a long held tradition that credit goes to who publishes or patents their findings first. It is honorable that we as a society can recognize men for their contributions to great discoveries long after they pass away.