Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born inventor who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 3, 1847. In addition to his work on the telephone, Bell also had many other interests and accomplishments.

Early Life and Education

Alexander Graham Bell's father was a teacher of elocution and his mother was deaf. These two influences would shape much of Bell's life and work. He attended university in Scotland but eventually moved to Canada with his family.


Bell is most famous for inventing the telephone in 1876. However, he also invented many other devices throughout his career such as the photophone (which transmitted sound on a beam of light), an early metal detector used to locate bullets in President James Garfield's body after he was shot, and an invention that helped people with speech difficulties (known as visible speech).

Personal Life

In addition to his work as an inventor, Alexander Graham Bell was married twice - first to Mabel Gardiner Hubbard (who was one of his students) and later to her cousin Gilbert Grosvenor.


Alexander Graham Bell made many contributions that have impacted society over time. His invention of the telephone revolutionized communication around the world, making it possible for people miles apart to speak instantly with each other.

Overall, Alexander Graham Bell contributed significantly throughout his life through both personal inventions as well as inspiring others' works through inventions such as teaching individuals afflicted by difficulties with speech how they could better express themselves orally using techniques he developed himself.