Awards & Honors 

Alexander Graham Bell received many awards and honors in his life time. These are some of them. 

  • Membership of the Legion d'honneur
  • The Volta Prize of 50,000 Frances
  • The UK Society of Arts' Albert medal
  • The IEEE established in 1976 the alexander Graham Bell Medal
  • The Sweet band recorded a tribute entitled "Alexander Graham Bell" which sold one million copies
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland issued a bank note to mark the 150th Anniversary of his birth on March 3rd 1997
  • Google had a special Alexander Graham Bell front page for his birthday in 2008
  • Alexander Graham Bell featured in the TV programs : The 100 Greatest Britons (2002), The Top-Ten Greatest Canadians( 2004), and The 100 Greatest Americans (2005).
  • A large number of Bell's writings, notebooks, papers and other documents rest at the United States Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

 An actor portraying Alexander Graham Bell speaking into an early model telephone.

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 Fun Facts - About Alexander Graham Bell

  Did you know?  

  • Alexander Graham Bell is an American inventor and teacher of the deaf.
  • He is most famous for his work on the telephone.
  • He wanted his first sentence through the phone ahoy ahoy.
  • In the United States he began teaching deaf-mutes, publicizing the system called visible speech.
  • His mother and his wife Mable Gardiner Hubbard were deaf.
  • His assistant was Thomas A. Watson 
  • In 1872, he founded a school to train teachers of the deaf in Boston, Massachusetts and became part of Boston University
  • Since the age of 18, he had been working on the idea of transmitting speech.
  • In 1874, while working on a multiple telegraph, he developed the basic ideas of the telephone.
  • On June 2, 1875, Alexander Graham Bell while experimenting with his technique called "harmonic telegraph" discovered he could hear sound over a wire. The sound was a twanging clock spring.
  • On March 10, 1876, his experiments with Thomas Watson finally became a reality.
  • The statement that Bell transmitted was “Watson, come here; I need you.”
  • At the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, telephone was introduced to the world.
  • In 1880 France bestowed on Bell the Volta Prize, worth 50,000 francs, for his invention.He used the money in founding the Volta Laboratory in Washington, D.C. and invented the photophone with his associates.
  • Other inventions include the audiometer, the induction balance, and the first wax recording cylinder, introduced in 1886.
  • He was also one of the cofounders of the National Geographic Society, and he served as its president from 1896 to 1904.
  • Alexander Graham Bell died on August 2, 1922, at Baddeck, Cape Breton Island.

                                                                                                                       BY : ARLENE SO 


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