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“The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.”
— Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Gram Bell is widely regarded as the inventor of the telephone. By creating a means of transmitting human voice across large distances he transformed the way we communicate and changed the world. He was a firm believer in slow but steady growth and pursued his goals with an almost spiritual zeal.

Bell was not only an inventor but also a teacher. He coached a young Helen Keller to help her overcome what she described as that inhuman silence that separates and estranges. Bell was also a thorough family man and much of his success was rightly shared with his wonderful wife, Mabel Gardiner Hubbard.

Some people dispute Bell being the inventor of the telephone and instead claim it was Elisha Gray. Like Newton and Leibniz, this argument is one for the ages. What matters to us is that inventions are invented and discoveries are discovered. That is what makes our lives better and takes us further into the future.