The Scottish-Canadian scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born on this day in 1847, in Edinburgh. He immigrated at the age if twenty-three, arriving in Quebec City in 1870. He quickly became interested in the science of sound, and learned the Mohawk language, spoken by an indigenous people of Ontario. He then started to experiment with sounds of musical instruments, and eventually began working with deaf people. This work culminated in his invention of the telephone, on June 2, 1875. Less than a year later, a fellow scientist, Elisha Gray, also filed a patent for the telephone, but ultimately Bell was the one who went down in the annals of history as its true creator. Bell was also a founding member of the National Geographic Society. He died in 1922 at the age of seventy-five of pernicious anemia.
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
-Alexander Graham Bell