Ten fun facts about Alexander Graham Bell

Fact 1
Bell's father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell's life's work.

Fact 2
His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first US patent for the telephone in 1876.

Fact 3
In retrospect, Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.

Fact 4
Many other inventions marked Bell's later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics.

Fact 5
Bell received numerous honorary degrees from colleges and universities, to the point that the requests almost became burdensome.

Fact 6
In 1880, Bell received the Volta Prize with a purse of 50,000 francs (approximately US$250,000 in today's dollars) for the invention of the telephone from the Académie française, representing the French government.

Fact 7
In 1888, Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society.

Fact 8
He has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history.

Fact 9
With no formal training, he mastered the piano and became the family's pianist.

Fact 10
Honors and tributes flowed to Bell in increasing numbers as his most famous invention became ubiquitous and his personal fame grew.

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Short about Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone

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