Bell, Alexander Graham

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Date of Birth 1847-03-03 Place of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Death1922-08-02Place of death: Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia

Also known as Aleck Bell

Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.

Bell’s father, grandfather, and brother had all been associated with work on elocution and speech, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell’s life’s work. His research on hearing and speech further led him to experiment with hearing devices which eventually culminated in Bell being awarded the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876. In retrospect, Bell considered his most famous invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.

Many other inventions marked Bell’s later life, including groundbreaking work in optical telecommunications, hydrofoils and aeronautics. In 1888, Alexander Graham Bell became one of the founding members of the National Geographic Society.

At Sunset on Friday, on the crest of Beinn Breach Mountain, the body of Dr. Bell will be buried at a spot chosen by the inventor himself. (NY Times Obituary)


His headstone is a simple piece of granite that refers to his three homes: “Born Edinburgh . . . Died A Citizen of the U.S.A. . . . Here Rest [Aleck and Mabel]”

Interment Info

Alexander Graham Bell was buried atop a mountain at his Beinn Bhreagh estate, overlooking Baddeck Bay and Bras d’Or Lake.

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