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David Edward Hughes

Inventor David Edward Hughes

Profession: Inventor

United States of America
United Kingdom

Biography: In 1855 Hughes developed one of the first concepts for a printing telegraph, which was adopted as the international standard by the Western Union Telegraph Company in 1857.

In Europe Hughes' telegraph became the standard. Later in his career he did work on sound transmission that became an early version of the microphone.

Born: May 16, 1831
Birthplace: London, England or Corwen, Wales, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: January 22, 1900 (aged 68)

Historical Events

  • 1878-05-08 David Edward Hughes' paper on the idea for a microphone is read before the Royal Society of London by Thomas Henry Huxley

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