Alexander Graham Bell was the inventor of the very first telephone! The Scottish born Mr Bell had a lifelong interest in the nature of sound, he experimented with sound, working with devices such as a ‘harmonic telegraph’ (used to send multiple messages over a single wire) and a ‘phonautograph’ (used to record sound). Alexander Bell also has had people around him with hearing impairments, people like his mum and his wife. With his combined knowledge and fascination for the science of sound his love for music helped him to create the first ever telephone. While working in 1875 on a device to send multiple telegraph signals over the same wire by using harmonics, before the telephone was ever invented the fastest way of delivering messages over long distances was the telegraph. It had been an established means of communication for some 30 years.
Although a highly successful system, the telegraph, with its dot-and-dash Morse code, was basically limited to receiving and sending one message at a time. Bell channelled his passion for speech and music into experiments that led to his ground breaking discovery! The first telephone worked because of Bells in-depth understanding of the science of sound and the help of Thomas Watson, the first telephone call was made on March 10th and the first thing communicated through the phone was Alexander to Watson “Mr Watson, come here I want to see you.”
Alexander Bells invention was carried on by a Motorola employee called Martin Cooper, who is widely considered to be a key player in the history of mobile phones, inventing the first mobile phone that was fit for practical use. Handsets that could be used in a vehicle had been developed prior to Martin Cooper’s phone, but his was the first usable truly portable mobile telephone. Cooper made mobile phone history in April 1973 when he made the first ever call on a hand held mobile phone. Which has then led to Mobile phones like the IPhones which we have today that are now been made and used worldwide.