Known for: He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

Invention: Phonograph

Born: February 11, 1847

Died: October 18, 1931

Residence: Milan, Ohio

Thomas Edison rose from humble beginnings to work as an inventor of major technology. Setting up a lab in Menlo Park, some of the products he developed included the telegraph, phonograph, electric light bulb, alkaline storage batteries and Kinetograp...

Inventor: Thomas Alva Edison

Year: 1877

Location: America

As the middle of 19th century enabled the inventors to use new and exciting technologies, the field of sound waves science reached new heights with the discovery of inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville' s phonautograph. Even though this simple sound recording machine never managed to reach financial and commercial success, it paved a way for future inventors to create technologies that would forever change the way we consume music and entire music making industr...

Known for: Inventing the earliest known sound recording device

Invention: Phonautograph (ධ්වනිරේඛය)

Born: April 25, 1817

Died: April 26, 1879

Residence: Paris, France

Ever since First Sounds evoked the sound of Au Clair de la Lune from his 1860 recording, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville (1817-1879) has been receiving a lot of attention for his invention of the phonautograph-the first instrument to record airborne sounds capable of being played back. As reliable information about Scott's work is not readily available, First S...

World's First Sound Recording Device

Inventor: Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville

Year: 1956

Location: France

The first sound recordings were captured by the French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville in 1857. He used a device called the phonautograph to record the sound. The phonautograph consisted of a cone-shaped speaking horn with a flexible covering on the small end. A sharp point was attached to the flexible diaphragm, and it touched the surface of a piece of paper. The paper was covered with a thin layer of black...

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