The Latymer School History Magazine - page 7

Bell’s telephone patent
drawing, March 7th 1876
Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter
and Whatsapp are just a
handful of the applications
you use daily on your mobile
phone. Whether you have
Samsung, Apple, HTC or
Nokia, have you ever
thought who made your
mobile phone possible? Did
you ever think of the person
who made communication
so much easier? It was all a
reality because of an
innovative Scottish inventor,
who thought technology at
the time could go further
and more advanced. His
name was Alexander
Graham Bell, the father of
The picture on the left
(page 3) shows
Alexander Graham Bell
in 1918, many years
after the invention of
the telephone. He made
the first successful bi-
directional transmission
on March 10, 1876.
Along with his
colleague, Thomas
Watson, they worked
extensively on their
world-changing idea.
Utilising their
knowledge on physics,
the pair worked on the
telephone for many
years until their final
test, where the famous
quote was said, 'Mr
Watson, come here, I
want to see you'.
Although their earliest
telephone used
primitive technology, it
was the easiest way to
communicate from long
distances. After Bell and
Watson's amazing
discovery, they decided
to present their
invention to the greatest
scientists of the Victorian era.
However, before they could
show the public, Bell and
Watson had to gather
enough money to patent the
Although both inventors
worked on the telephone
together, Bell and Watson
believed only one could
have the credit. It was a
competition to see who
would patent their invention
first. Soon, Alexander
Graham Bell received
enough money to patent the
telephone which shook the
world of science and
communication. He instantly
made his own company
called 'Bell Telephone
Company' which made a lot
of money quickly. In 1880,
Bell was given the French
Volta prize for his invention
and using the money he
earned to continue research
in medicine while living in
Washington. During his last
years, Alexander Graham
Bell, as well as a few others,
formed the National
Geographic Society where
he was president from 1896
to 1904. He later died on
August 2 of 1922. Although
one of the greatest inventors
was lost, the telephone
continued to flourish even to
this day.
By Khalid Omar- Year 8
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