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Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3 1847 He was born in Edinburgh Scotland he was educated there and at the University of London He studied under his grandfather Alexander Bell a well known speech teacher Robert V Bruce Bell His mother Elisa Grace Symonds was a portrait painter and a musician His father Alexander Melville Bell taught deaf-mutes to speak and wrote textbooks on correct speech He invented Visible Speech a code of symbols that indicated position of the throat tongue and lips in making sounds World Book Encyclopedia 1991 Bell and his brothers helped their father in demonstrations of Visible Speech Beginning in 1962 He also became a student-teacher at West House a boys school in Edinburgh where he taught music and speech for instruction in other subjects World Book Enc 1991 He became a full-time teacher after studying for a year at the University of Edinburgh Then he studied at the University of London A G Bell Making Connections 1996 In 1866 he made experiments to find out how vowel sounds are produced He read a book on acoustics by a German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz he used notes of electrically driven forks to make vowel sounds That gave him the idea of telegraphing even though he had no idea how to do it World Book Enc 1991 Bad things started to happen to the family Grahams younger brother died of tuberculosis and his older brother died also by the same disease in 1870 The doctor told his father that Graham was in danger too but his father gave up his job and moved to Brantford Ontario Canada where his father found a healthy climate for them He soon recovered in health Our Foreign Born
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