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Alexander Graham Bell forever changed the world. The telephone and his many other landmark inventions rank among the most transforming and enduring of the modern era. But it was his work with the deaf, teaching as well as inventing tools to ease communication, that he considered his life's work. The son of a speech therapist father and hearing impaired mother, his stellar achievements in sound reproduction and aviation give proof that he fit his own definition of an inventor. He said, "An inventor a man who looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world." This is a compelling biography of a true scientific visionary.
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Alexander Graham Bell surely fits his own definition of an inventor: "A man who looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world." This compelling biography of a true scientific visionary charts the course of Bell's remarkable life, showing how his early studies of speech and sound and his experience as an instructor of the deaf--the occupation that he considered to be his true life's work--led to his invention of the telephone in 1876. With the money that he earned from the telephone, Bell indulged his passion for all things scientific. He was one of the early pioneers of aviation, played a key role in the growth of the National Geographic Society, and provided generous support to other struggling scientists.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 136-138) and index.
About the Author
, a research associate at Williams College, is the author of Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity