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Why couldn't Alexander Graham Bell make a phone call to his wife or mother?

Learn why Alexander Graham Bell couldn’t call his wife using his famous invention.

The wife of the inventor of the telephone was deaf. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
The wife of the inventor of the telephone was deaf.

Though Alexander Graham Bell has been idolized for inventing a device that changed the world, the telephone, other aspects of his life — including an important inspiration for his acoustic inventions — are less well known.

Unlike Bell, whose fascination with sound and sonorous voice is widely known, both his wife and mother were deaf. In fact, it was through his work with the deaf that he met his wife. What a historical peculiarity, then, that the man who invented the telephone would never be able to make a “normal” phone call to two of the closest people in his life.

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