Ten fun facts about Antonio Meucci

Fact 1
Meucci is best known for developing a voice-communication apparatus which several sources credit as the first telephone.

Fact 2
In November 1821, at the age of 15, he was admitted to Florence Academy of Fine Arts as its youngest student, where he studied chemical and mechanical engineering.

Fact 3
In 1856 Meucci is claimed to have constructed the first electromagnetic telephone, made of an electromagnet with a nucleus in the shape of a horseshoe bat, a diaphragm of animal skin, stiffened with potassium dichromate and keeping a metal disk stuck in the middle.

Fact 4
The Order of the Sons of Italy in America maintains a Garibaldi–Meucci Museum on Staten Island.

Fact 5
Meucci devised an electromagnetic telephone as a way of connecting his second-floor bedroom to his basement laboratory, and thus being able to communicate with his wife.

Fact 6
The Federazione Italiana di Elettrotecnica has devoted a museum to Meucci making a chronology of his inventing the telephone and tracing the history of the two trials opposing Meucci and Bell.

Fact 7
In 1848 Meucci developed a popular method of using electric shocks to treat rheumatism.

Fact 8
In the 1990 motion picture The Godfather Part III, the character Joey Zasa mentions Meucci as the inventor of the telephone.

Fact 9
In the television series The Sopranos, the character Tony Soprano also mentions Meucci as the inventor of the telephone, stating "he was robbed" of being given proper credit.

Fact 10
In 2003 the Italian Communication Ministry and the Italian Postal and Telegraph Society produced a €0,52 stamp portraying Antonio Meucci as the inventor of the telephone.

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Antonio Santi Giuseppe Meucci was an Italian inventor and also a friend and associate of the Italian nationalist Giuseppe Garibaldi