Alexander Bell was born in Edinburgh (Scotland) on March the 3rd in 1847.
His parents were a strong and loving influence on his life. He was indebted to them for three of his major interests: music, speech and photography.
Aleck's grandfather was a famous speech expert, while his father, Melville, achieved international acclaim for his work in phonetics
Aleck's mother, Eliza, was almost totally deaf.
Aleck became the star pupil of an acclaimed pianist, Auguste Benoit Bertini. He died before the lessons had advanced very far. Perhaps if he had lived, Aleck's life would have taken a different course.
His younger brother Ted was a victim to tuberculosis at the age of 18. The elder brother, Melly, died of the same disease three years later, in 1870.
Aleck enrolled in the University of London, where he studied anatomy and physiology.
His wish was to invent a multiple telegraph.
Mabel Hubbard, his “girlfriend”, her parents were worried by Aleck's obvious interest in their daughter. She was only 17, while they mistakenly believed him to be about 35. He was only 25. He promised to change his life for her.Some promises are harder to keep than others.
After a while they finally got engaged.
Her father persuaded Mabel to present Aleck with an ultimatum: no marriage until the multiple telegraph was completed. Aleck was furious about this.
In the end love conquered all obstacles. Mabel and Aleck were married in the Hubbards' Cambridge home on July 11, 1877. As a wedding present, Aleck gave Mabel all but ten of his shares in the newly-formed Bell Telephone Company.
Bell spent a term teaching Visible Speech at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes.
Before long, Alexander Graham Bell and Gardiner Greene Hubbard were partners in the telephone business. Hubbard was frustrated with Bell's devotion to teaching. On the eve of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadephia, Aleck resisted leaving his classes to exhibit the telephone. Even then, just before his greatest triumph, his first thought was for the deaf.
In the years following the invention of the telephone, Bell continued to work on behalf of the deaf. He lobbied to establish day-schools throughout the United States and travelled widely in this cause.
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