Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922) was an eminent British scientist, inventor, engineer and speech therapist based in America, famous for having invented and patented the phone.
With his scientific inventions he contributed to the development of telecommunications and aviation technology of the time.
As an inventor, he had 18 patents by name and was part of 12 others. He was honored with several prizes and awards, including the 'Volta Prize' and the 'Legion of Honor' by the French Government. Bell was a remarkable scientist whose achievements and thoughts encouraged several young scientists to follow in his footsteps. He dedicated his life to the benefit of humanity and his thoughts became a great force for many.
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Famous quotes by Alexander Graham Bell
When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and with such sorrow the closed door, that we don't see the ones that open for us.
The achievement of one objective must be the starting point of another.
Concentrate all your thoughts on the work you have. The sun's rays do not burn until they are focused.
Do not stay forever on the easy road, going only where others have already gone.
There are two critical points in each air flight: its beginning and its end.
Educate the masses, raise your level of intelligence and you will surely have a successful nation.
What this power is, I can't say ... All I know is that it exists.
It is the man who moves carefully, step by step ... who will achieve the greatest success.
Man is an animal that, only among animals, refuses to be satisfied simply by the fulfillment of animal desires.
There can be no mental atrophy in any person who continues to observe, who remembers what he observes and who seeks answers for his constants and whys.
I think we are too inclined to walk through life with our eyes closed. There are things around us and right at our feet that we have never seen, because we have never really looked.
The only difference between success and failure is the ability to act.
Look, remember, compare.
I have always considered myself an agnostic.
The night is a quieter time to work. It helps thinking.
I do not recognize the public's right to enter through the door of a man's private life to satisfy the eyes of the curious ... I do not think it is right to dissect living men even for the advancement of science. As far as I'm concerned, I prefer a post mortem exam for vivisection, without anesthesia.
The inventor is a man who looks around the world and is not happy with things as they are. He wants to improve everything he sees, he wants to benefit the world; He is obsessed with an idea. The spirit of the invention possesses it, seeking materialization.
My knowledge of electrical issues was not acquired methodically, but was collected from books that I could obtain and from experiments that I could do with my own hands.
First of all, preparation is the key to success.
The nation that ensures air control will ultimately control the world.
Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I can be given credit for having opened the way, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel that the credit is owed to others rather than to myself.
A man's own judgment should be the final appeal in everything that refers to himself.
The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of constant growth.
Of course, it is not yet complete, but great advances were made this afternoon ... I feel that I have finally come to the solution of a great problem, and the time is coming when the telegraph cables will be placed in the houses just like the water or gas conduit, and friends will talk to each other without leaving home.
From my earliest childhood, my attention was directed especially to the subject of acoustics, and especially to the topic of speech, and my father urged me to study everything related to these issues, since they would have an important influence on what is now my professional work.
One day, all major cities in America will have a telephone.
The day will come when the man on the phone will be able to see the distant person with whom he is speaking.
The United States is a country of inventors, and the greatest of the inventors are journalists.
A man, as a rule, owes very little to the environment where he was born. A man is what he makes of himself.
Do not be the first to try the new, or the last to put aside the old.
An idea as chimeric as telegraphing vocal sounds, for most minds, seems unlikely. I believe, however, that it is possible and that I have the clue to the solution of the problem.
Morse conquered his electrical difficulties despite the fact that he was only a painter, I do not intend to give up until everything is completed.
You cannot force ideas. Successful ideas are the result of gradual growth. Ideas do not reach perfection in a day, no matter how much they are studied.
God has scattered our paths with wonders and we certainly should not go through life with our eyes closed.
From time to time it is worth getting out of the way, plunging into a forest. You will find things you have never seen.
Ordinary people who know nothing about phonetics or elocution, have difficulty understanding slow speech composed of perfect sounds, while they have no difficulty understanding an imperfect chatter if the accent and rhythm are natural.
Mr. Watson - Come here - I want to see you. First intelligible words spoken on the phone
The great advantage that the phone has over any other form of electrical device is the fact that it does not require the ability to operate the instrument.
If I can obtain a mechanism that causes a current of electricity to vary in intensity, since the air varies in density when a sound passes through it, I can telegraph any sound, even the sound of speech.
Wherever you find the inventor, you can give him wealth or you can take away everything he has; He will continue inventing. You cannot help invent more than you can help to think or breathe.
I have heard an articulated speech produced by sunlight. I have heard a ray of the sun laugh and cough and sing ... I have been able to hear a shadow and have even perceived the sound of a cloud passing through the sunlight.
World oil consumption is so great that supplies can only last a few more generations. The solution is alcohol, a clean and perfect fuel.
The end result of our investigations has extended the class of substances sensitive to the vibrations of light, until we can affirm that said sensitivity is a general property of all matter.
Great telegraphic discovery today ... Vocal sounds transmitted for the first time ... With some additional modifications, I hope we can distinguish ... the "timbre" of the sound. If this is so, the live conversation by telegraph will be an accomplished fact.
The phone will be used to inform people that a telegram has been sent.