A lecture by Tony De Nonno. Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), an Italian immigrant to New York, has been denied his rightful place in history as the true inventor of the telephone. His story is emblematic of the fiercely competitive "Age of Invention" in America (roughly 1870-1910). Competitors filed 38 court challenges against Alexander Graham Bell's claim to "priority" for the patent on the telephone - including two of the era's most renowned inventors, Elisha Gray and Thomas Alva Edison, who themselves developed telephone prototypes. Antonio Meucci ultimately fought a one-man battle against the Bell Company, one of America's richest and most powerful monopolies at the time.
Learn more about this near-forgotten inventor's compelling court case, testimony, drawings, and documents, which chronicle the inventor's remarkable decades of work perfecting his telephone invention in Staten Island, New York.
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