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ERIC Number: ED123683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 19
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Overheard But Overlooked: The Story of Nathan B. Stubblefield, Pioneer Wireless Experimenter.
Morgan, Thomas O.
This paper discusses the contribution of Nathan B. Stubblefield of Murray (Calloway County), Kentucky, to the field of broadcast history and ascribes to him the invention of wireless voice communication. In 1888, Stubblefield was granted a patent on a mechanical or "knocking" telephone which was subsequently installed in towns in several states including Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina, However, by 1889, the Bell telephone, an electrical device far superior in sound quality and distance, had worked its way westward into Stubblefield's home territory, and soon resulted in reducing the Stubblefield phone to intercom use. In 1908, Stubblefield patented a second kind of wireless telephone--a system based on induction--and one that is used by many to credit him with the invention of modern radio broadcasting. However, Stubblefield's attempts to market his wireless telephone were unsuccessful and soon other devices surpassed his inventions. Biographic information about Stubblefield is included. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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