Telephone

Telephone

1876

While not the inventor of the world’s first telephone (largely attributed to Antonio Meucci in 1849), Alexander Graham Bell achieved so much in its overall development — including taking out a patent for his own device in 1876 — that he is generally now credited as its inventor. Indeed, along with his assistant, Thomas Watson, Bell built a phone that enabled him to make the first-ever call, saying, ‘Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you.’ He demonstrated its capabilities to many important societies and people — even to the US president — and eventually set up the Bell Telephone Company to make them on a mass-produced scale. Bell’s work in the field of telephony meant that by 1886 more than 150,000 buildings in the USA had installed a phone.