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The tragic tale of the telephone's real inventor, Antonio Meucci

'Electrophone' inventor Antonio Meucci.Photo: SCMP

This month, newspapers around the world including the South China Morning Post reported that a wax-covered cardboard disc with the voice of Alexander Graham Bell engraved on it had been recovered in the Smithsonian collections of early recordings.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 1:38am 1 comment

Alexander Graham Bell: more than Mr Telephone

Alexander Graham Bell: more than Mr Telephone

We all know Alexander Graham Bell as the inventor of the telephone, but his remarkable inventiveness did not stop there. From his early 40s until his death, he researched an astounding range of subjects at his lakeside retreat in the scenic town of Baddeck in Cape Breton, Canada.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:33pm


Far voice

We are so used to having telephones, most of us never think about them. But the first sentence said on a telephone did not happen until 130 years ago. The sentence was, 'Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you'. The year was 1876.

18 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Automated bookings spark rise in no-shows

The Hospital Authority is looking for ways to cut down the no-show rate at public clinics, which has risen from 2 per cent to about 10 per cent since an automatic phone booking system was introduced in October 2006.

2 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

take action

The column for anyone fed up with bureaucracy, frustrated with delays or furious with poor service. Tell us your complaint and we'll try to fix it...

Mr Master of Causeway Bay found the Nokia E61 handset, a smart phone he bought from SmarTone, was unable to send or receive e-mails.

22 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Language point

Fill in the blanks with idioms based on 'history'.

1. The restaurant will ______________ soon as its landlord has refused to renew the lease.

2. She set up a telephone company decades ago. Phones then spread throughout China and ________________. She is one of the richest women in the country.

31 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Make only essential calls during typhoons

Regarding the phone-networks jam that occurred when signal No 8 was raised last Wednesday, rather than people blaming the phone companies and asking them to have their networks upgraded for tackling this, I think it would be more constructive to educate the public to refrain from making unnecessary calls at a time when the telecommunications network is expected to be more busy than usual.

17 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

10 Things to Watch Out For When ...

Mail forwarding: One of the first things you need to do is ensure that you get your mail at your new address. You can apply for a mail forwarding service at the nearest Hong Kong Post office. This is valid for a period of three months and costs HK$100.

14 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Ban phones from aircraft

Further to the letter 'Delayed by phone user' (Sunday Morning Post, February 24) regarding the self-important and arrogant airline passenger who refused to turn off her telephone, I had a similar confrontation recently. Air travel is dangerous enough without these selfish people increasing the risks.

3 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Phone companies improving signals

Mobile telephone companies are strengthening transmission signals to lower the chance of people accidentally being connected to costly roaming network services across the border in the mainland. Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting Carrie Yau Tsang Ka-lai said that the Government had been helping local companies to install transmission stations in border areas.

28 Jun 2001 - 12:00am