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...

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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