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Society: IEEEMain Category: ElectricEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 1876BostonState: MAZip: 02203Country: USAWebsite: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Milestones:First_Intelligible_Voice_Transmission_over_Electric_Wire,_1876Creator: Bell, Alexander Graham

The first transmission of intelligible speech over electrical wires took place on 10 March 1876. Inventor Alexander Graham Bell called out to his assistant Thomas Watson, “Mr. Watson, come here! I want to see you.” This transmission took place in their attic laboratory located in a near here at 5 Exeter Place. A pioneer in the field of telecommunications, Alexander Graham Bell was born in 1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He moved to Ontario, and then to the United States, settling in Boston, before beginning his career as an inventor.

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2006
Image Credit: Courtesy IEEEImage Caption: The telephone used in the first intelligible transmission over electrical wires.Era_date_from: 1876
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