Alexander Graham Bell

1847 - 1922

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Alexander Graham Bell (; born Alexander Bell, March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone. He also co-founded the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in 1885.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. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone, on March 7, 1876. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexander Graham Bell has received more than 9,144,267 page views. His biography is available in 118 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 114 in 2019). Alexander Graham Bell is the 6th most popular inventor, the 26th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 30th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Inventor.

Alexander Graham Bell is most famous for inventing the telephone.

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Among inventors, Alexander Graham Bell ranks 6 out of 355Before him are Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Johannes Gutenberg, Nikola Tesla, and James Watt. After him are Henry Ford, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, Louis Braille, and Charles Babbage.

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Among people born in 1847, Alexander Graham Bell ranks 2Before him is Thomas Edison. After him are Paul von Hindenburg, Bram Stoker, Jesse James, Maria Feodorovna, Auguste Escoffier, Otto Wallach, Joseph Pulitzer, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, and Georges Sorel. Among people deceased in 1922, Alexander Graham Bell ranks 1After him are Marcel Proust, Charles I of Austria, Pope Benedict XV, Enver Pasha, Erich von Falkenhayn, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Djemal Pasha, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Hermann Rorschach, Fredrik Bajer, and Walther Rathenau.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Alexander Graham Bell ranks 26 out of 6,924Before him are Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Alan Turing (1912), Alfred Hitchcock (1899), Richard I of England (1157), Anne Boleyn (1501), and James Cook (1728). After him are John Lennon (1940), Mary I of England (1516), Alexander Fleming (1881), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Margaret Thatcher (1925), and David Hume (1711).

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Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Alexander Graham Bell ranks 2Before him are James Watt (1736). After him are Charles Babbage (1791), George Stephenson (1781), Thomas Newcomen (1663), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Frank Whittle (1907), and Richard Arkwright (1732).