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Alexander Graham Bell Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

Instructor: Jaimie Orozco

Jaimie has a master's degree in history and over 9 years of experience working as an Adjunct Instructor, High School Social Studies Chair, AP and Dual Credit Instructor.

Alexander Graham Bell worked on many scientific inventions, including the telephone. Read on to learn more about this inventor and the characteristics that led him to his greatest work.

Alexander's Early Life

Ring! Ring! Hello, Alexander Graham Bell speaking.

Imagine if we had a phone that could call famous people from the past. We could ask Alexander Graham Bell how he came up with his idea for the telephone. Lucky for us, history has much to say about the life of this great inventor.

Alexander Graham Bell
Photo of Alexander Graham Bell late in life

Born in Scotland on March 3, 1847, Alexander was a curious young boy. His father, who studied phonetics, or speech sounds, encouraged him to study and tinker with inventions in sound and speech. He even offered a prize to his sons for the successful construction of a speaking machine. Alexander's mother, who played the piano, was nearly deaf (unable to hear).

With his parents as inspiration, it's no surprise that Alexander developed an interest in helping those unable to hear. It makes you wonder how people in your life might inspire your own career choices one day.

Alexander's Perseverance

Many children have goals when they're young. Alexander never gave up on his goal to work on a speaking machine, even as he worked on other inventions. This is a character trait we call perseverance.

At age 12, Alexander improved upon a machine to husk corn. At 29, and now living in America, Alexander and a partner successfully achieved his goal, creating a version of the telephone. The very first conversation heard over the telephone was an instruction given by Alexander to his assistant: ''Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.''

Alexander Graham Bell uses his telephone
Alexander Bell Using the Telephone

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