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The story of the invention is one that I find fascinating.

On 2nd June, 1875 Aleck was


experimenting with the idea of sending several telegraph messages over the same wire at
the exact same time. In his experiment he was using a set of spring-steel reeds and
working with the receiving set in one room. Thomas Watson, his assistant, operated the
sending set in the other room. Suddenly Watson plucked a reed of steel to make that
vibrate and it produced a twanging sound. Aleck came in and asked Watson to do the
same thing without changing anything. Then he found that the steel rod had been
vibrating over the magnet it and had caused a current of diverse strength to run through
the wire, so this made the reed in Aleck’s room vibrate and produce twanging sound. On
March 10th 1876 (Alexander was 26) the first sentence was sent and heard successfully.
Alexander also became one of the founding members of National Geographic Society. He
also invented the metal detector and hydrofoils and aeronautics.