Since his invention and demonstrations for a device intended for “transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically…causing electrical undulations” were successful, Alexander Graham Bell is recognised as the creator of the telephone.
It might be challenging to identify the genuine inventor or inventors of a given invention. Credit is frequently given to the creator of the most useful or effective invention rather than the original creator (s).
The development of the telephone has generated a great deal of debate and mystery. The theme has given rise to books, essays, and court cases. Naturally, Alexander Graham Bell is credited as the invention of the telephone. Despite the fact that his design was the first to be patented, he was not the first person to come up with the idea of talking telegraph.
Italian immigrant Antonio Meucci started working on the idea of a talking telegraph or telephone in 1849. For his idea of a talking telegraph, he submitted a caveat (an announcement of an invention) in 1871. Meucci had difficulties and was unable to extend his caveat. Up until the United States House of Representatives issued a Resolution on June 11, 2002, commemorating Meucci’s accomplishments and work, his part in the creation of the telephone went unrecognised.Some historians contend that Elisha Gray, a professor at Oberlin College, submitted an application for a caveat of the telephone on the same day Alexander Graham Bell submitted his application for a patent on the telephone. These gentlemen didn’t physically visit the Patent Office; rather, their attorneys did so on their behalf. According to Travis Brown’s book Historical First Patents: The First United States Patent for Many Everyday Things (Scarecrow Press, 1994), Bell’s attorney arrived at the patent office first. It was Thursday, February 14, 1876. He was that day’s fifth entry, while Gray’s attorney was the 39th. Instead of recognising Gray’s proviso, the US Patent Office gave Bell the first patent for a telephone, US Patent Number 174,465. However, several authors contest this narrative.