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Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell
United States National Museum
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
c. 1910s
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), Scottish-born inventor, scientist, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, lived for many years in Washington, D.C., and died in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. As a young man, he consulted physicist Joseph Henry, the first Smithsonian Secretary, about the feasibility of his telephone invention and was greatly encouraged by Henry. He considered Henry as an important mentor and supported the Smithsonian in many ways. Bell served as a citizen member of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, provided seed money for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, donated collections to the National Museum, and arranged for the move of James Smithson's remains from Genoa, Italy, to the Smithsonian Institution in 1904.
Contained in:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 3, Folder: 32 Alexander Graham Bell
No restrictions
Inventors, Scientists, Nova Scotia, Secretaries, Funding, Smithson, James--Death and burial, Telephone, Physicists, Donors, Philanthropists
Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922, Smithson, James 1765-1829, Henry, Joseph 1797-1878, Regents Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, United States National Museum
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Washington (D.C.), Genoa (Italy), Scotland
Photographic print, Portraits
Local Number:
SIA2012-1088 or 41768-A
Physical Description:
Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Portrait ; Medium: Photographic print
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Alexander Graham Bell

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