Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention

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Arcade Pub., 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 466 pages
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"Famous while still young for inventing the telephone, which eventually secured his fortune as well as the admiration of the world, he ended his career in the chase to develop the airplane and as the inventor of a hydrofoil. When President Garfield was shot, Bell created a sonar probe to locate the assassin's bullet. He devised a precursor to the iron lung and worked on electric heating, sound communication with beams of light (the idea behind fiber optics), sheep breeding, and tetrahedral construction, now used in bridges and stadium roofs. A prominent figure in deaf education, he became a cherished mentor to Helen Keller, who dedicated her memoir to him. A celebrity in the glittering society of Gilded Age Washington, D.C., who preferred to hobnob with scientists, he also helped found and popularize National Geographic magazine."--BOOK JACKET.

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I first encountered this book in the gift shop of the AGB national historic site in Baddeck, and had finished reading it within 24 hours. I can't imagine a more lively and readable account of the life ... Read full review

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At the end of the book, the author says she set out to write a biography not just about Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor, but about the man and his family life. She certainly accomplished her goal ... Read full review


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Editor, journalist, and broadcaster Charlotte Gray was born in Sheffield, U.K. on January 3, 1948. She earned her M.A. from Oxford University and her honorary doctorate from Mount St. Vincent University in Nova Scotia. She moved to Canada in 1979. Gray is a contributing editor to Saturday Night Magazine, and a frequent commentator on the CBC and CTV. She is a regular contributor to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Chatelaine, and Elm Street magazine. Her book Mrs. King: The Life & Times of Isabel Mackenzie King won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and Canadian Authors' /Birks Foundation Award for Biography. Another of her books, Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Trail won the Canadian Booksellers Award for Non-fiction.

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