Essay on Alexander Graham Bell

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In March 3, of 1847 the great inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born. His father was Professor Alexander Melville Bell, and his mother was Eliza Grace. Alexander Bell had two brothers, Edward Charles Bell and Melville James Bell. When Alexander was ten he begged his father to give him a middle name like his brothers. For his eleventh birthday Alexander’s gave him the middle name Graham, after their family friend Alexander Graham. Both of his brothers died of tuberculosis. As a child, young Alexander was very curious about the world around him. His best friend was Ben Herdman. His family operated a flour mill, which would become the focus of his first invention. One day Bell asked Ben what needed to be done at the mill. He was told …show more content…
He had indifference for his other subjects, to the disappointment of his demanding father. After he left school Bell went to live with his grandfather. During the year he spent with his grandfather Graham developed a love of learning.
Bell's father encouraged Aleck's interest in speech. In 1863, took his sons to see an automaton, developed by Sir Charles Wheatstone. The machine simulated a human voice, Bell became enthralled with the automaton and he obtained a copy of Von Kempelen’s book. His older brother and he started to make their own automation. Melville began to work on the throat and larynx, while Graham Worked on the head. The head was a very difficult part to make, because he had to make it lifelike. Their father was thrilled with the brothers’ project; he agreed to provide any funding for supplies. Their efforts resulted in a remarkably lifelike head that could speak, even if it was only a few words. The boys would carefully adjust the mouth and when bellows were used to force air through the windpipe, a very recognizable Mama could be heard, to the delight of neighbors who came to see the Bell invention. In 1870 the Bells moved to Tutelo Heights, where they purchased a ten and a half acre farm. Alexander set up his workshop in a carriage house. Bell continued his interest in the human voice and when he discovered the Six Nations Reserve across the river, he learned the Mohawk language and translated its

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