Telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell’s voice recovered from ‘unplayable’ record


Alexander Graham Bell, the man widely credited with inventing the telephone as we know it (though there is a longstanding debate over who actually was first), can be heard again today, some 128 years after he recorded himself counting and speaking in his laboratory in Washington, DC, saying: “In witness whereof, hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell.” The historic lost audio file — the first recording of Bell’s voice — was retrieved by several researchers around the country using a technique developed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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