Who spoke the very first words on telephone? What were the very first words to be said? Well, we have the answer.
The first words to be spoken on telephone came from the mouth of Alexander Graham Bell. He is credited as the inventor of the telephone and made the call to his to his assistant, Thomas Watson on March 10, 1876.
He simply said “Mr. Watson–come here–I want to see you.” With these few words, the world’s first telephone call was completed. If it were you, how would you have reacted?
Alexander Graham Bell was born to a family that had a deeper interest in sound. His grandfather had interest in speech disorders while his father devised a method to teach the deaf to speak and a deaf woman to play a piano. Graham himself had a rich speaking voice that paired perfectly with his love for sound waves, reports Old Phone.
He was born in 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland where he became a sound expert and a renown public speaker. These were the attributes that helped the telephone inventor make such a groundbreaking innovation.
But the innovation itself started as an error. While going through a thesis written in German, a language he had a poor understanding, he read that sound could be transmitted over wires. In reality, the paper said nothing close to that but Graham used this as a basement for making a telephone.
In his twenties, Bell shifted from Scotland to Boston where he made use of his father’s techniques to educate the deaf. His stay in Boston resulted into Bell meeting Watson, a mechanic of considerable skill. The two worked together to invent the telephone just within some few years. Bell obtained the device’s patent on March 7, 1876 and three days later proved that it could work.
The innovation needed to be promoted so that it can find its way to the market. Bell did so in June at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Emperor Dom Pedro of Brazil listened to Bell recite “To be or not to be” soliloquy by Hamlet and reacted in a four-word sentence: “My God, it talks.”
There were some other people also working on such a technology and Bell was constantly challenged over his innovation. He always won the court cases. He decided to form the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, famously known as the AT&T. This company was the main mobile phone service provider until it split up in the 1980s.
Bell was a visionary man. After successfully inventing the telephone, he wrote to his father saying he looks forward to a day when “friends converse with each other without leaving home.”
Well, don’t we do that these days? Imagine how life would be without the phone.