Wikijunior:Famous Inventors/Inventors in Communication/Samuel Morse

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Picture of the Inventor Link to Samuel F. B. Morse's Wikipedia entry

When, Where, and to whom was he or she born?[edit]

Samuel F.B. Morse was born on April 27, 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. His father was Jedidiah Morse and his mother was Elizabeth Ann Breese Morse.

What was his or her childhood like?[edit]

After going to a private school in Massachusetts.

Did You Know?

  • Sam Morse was raised strictly religious.
  • Sam Morse was a very talented painter.

Why did this person become interested in science?[edit]

Sam Morse became interested in science when taking a trip on a ship. There, he talked to another man interested in electronics, magnets and telegraphs.

Where did this person go to school?[edit]

Sam went to Yale College to learn religious philosophy, math and science of horses. He also learned about electricity. He graduated in 1810.

What problem did he or she uncover that needed solving?[edit]

Before Sam Morse invented Morse Code, people had trouble communicating with others who were far away. Important messages that needed to be delivered quickly couldn't be.

What solutions had already been tried that did not solve the problem? Why wasn't it working?[edit]

Other people invented telegraph machines that did not work as well as Sam Morse's.

What did this person invent that solved the problem?[edit]

original telegraph

How did the invention solve the problem?[edit]

How has this inventor changed people and the world?[edit]

With Morse Code, communication became easier all over the world.

What happened to this inventor in the end?[edit]

If you could ask this inventor one question, what would you ask?[edit]

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?[edit]


Samuel Morse