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The Telephone

Nature volume 119, page 244 (12 February 1927) | Download Citation



IN June last, Sir Oliver Lodge read a paper on the history and development of the telephone to the Institution of Electrical Engineers. The occasion was the jubilee of the invention of the telephone by Graham Bell. The lecturer remembered Graham Bell speaking to the Physical Society of London in 1877. He was impressed by his clear and precise articulation. Graham Bell had devoted himself to the accurate production of human speech not only by his own lips and larynx but also by instrumental means. It is reported that he once said that it was fortunate that he was not a scientifically trained physicist; for if he had been, he would probably have thought that an articulating machine of a simple character was an impossibility. Talking machines had been invented before, but they were very complicated arrangements for producing vowel sounds. In this respect they were unlike the apparatus devised so successfully in our own day by Sir Richard Paget.

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