Alexander Graham BELL

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ScottishBorn Alexander Graham BELL

Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone

Born on March 3, 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Died on August 2, 1922 in Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Alexander Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 3, 1847. The family home was at 16 South Charlotte Street, and has a stone inscription marking it as Alexander Graham Bell's birthplace. He had two brothers: Melville James Bell (1845–70) and Edward Charles Bell (1848–67), both of whom would die of tuberculosis. His father was Professor Alexander Melville Bell, a phonetician, and his mother was Eliza Grace (née Symonds). Born as just "Alexander Bell", at age 10, he made a plea to his father to have a middle name like his two brothers.[N 6] For his 11th birthday, his father acquiesced and allowed him to adopt the name "Graham", chosen out of respect for Alexander Graham, a Canadian being treated by his father who had become a family friend. To close relatives and friends he remained "Aleck".



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