Wikijunior:Famous Inventors/Inventors in Communication/Alexander Graham Bell
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When, Where, and to whom was he or she born?
Alexander Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847
What was his or her childhood like?
The family home was at 16 South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh and has a commemorative marker at the doorstep, marking this as Alexander Graham Bell's birthplace.
Why did this person become interested in science?
As a child, young Alexander displayed a natural curiosity about his world, resulting in gathering botanical specimens as well as experimenting even at an early age.
Where did this person go to school?
As a young child Bell, like his brothers, received his early schooling at home from his father. Later he went to a college in London. He went to school for 5 years.
What problem did he or she uncover that needed solving?
His efforts resulted in a remarkably lifelike head that could "speak," albeit only a few words.
What solutions had already been tried that did not solve the problem? Why wasn't it working?
Bell continued to experiment with a live subject, the family's Skye terrier, "Trouve"
What did this person invent that solved the problem?
How did the invention solve the problem?
He thought he could harness the new electronic technology by creating a machine with a transmitter and receiver that would send sounds telegraphically to help people hear.
How has this inventor changed people and the world?
It allowed people from all over the world to keep in touch regardless of distance.
What happened to this inventor in the end?
Bell died of diabetes on 2 August 1922, at his private estate, Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, at age 75.
If you could ask this inventor one question, what would you ask?
How did you make the telephone?
If you could bring this inventor to today and tell him or her one thing, what would you tell him or her about the effect of his or her invention?
How easy was it to make the telephone?