It seems that Google’s celebration of Thomas Edison’s birthday has sparked curiosity among web frequenters today, with Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Ford also coming under keen scrutiny.
Alexander Bell was an associate of Edison’s at Boston Tech, and the pair poured their ideas and scientific excellence into development of communication devices, and it was with Edison’s carbon transmitter that he developed the first ‘articulating’ telephone.
Without the help of Benjamin Bredding, Thomas Edison and George B. Stearns, Bell would never have managed his greatest invention as his lack of understanding of electricity proved something of a hurdle.
He did however successfully make a working telephone, although it was described as talking through a kazoo, despite its practicality.
In 1879 Bell beat Edison to the punch when he claimed the patent for the telephone, much to his rival’s disappointment. Of course Edison went on to greater things after that.
Henry Ford came along a little later, born July 30th, 1863 in Michigan. He spent his early life on the family farm in Dearborn, taking classes in a one-roomed school, moving onto nearby Detroit at the age of 16.
He spent three years as an apprentice machinist, occasionally returning to help out on the farm. Then, in 1891 he took a job as an engineer at the Edison Illumination Company end enjoyed promotion to Chief Engineer just two years later.
The promotion afforded him the time and money to experiment with the internal combustion engine, and although he was not the first to create a vehicle propelled by engine, he was at the forefront of mass production vehicles.
In 1903, after a few failed attempts at establishing car manufacturers, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated with Henry as the vice-president and chief engineer.
His dream was to manufacture affordable yet reliable cars and his first mass production piece, the Model T went into production in 1908. 10 Years later half of the cars on the road were Ford Model T’s and by 1927 his vision of the future was all but complete, when work finished on his massive manufacturing complex that housed everything required to build his cars all in one place.
He passed away on April 7th, 1947 and left behind a lasting legacy of vehicles which are still one of the most popular on the roads. The cars still live by his ethos of reliable and affordable.
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