As an 11 year old, which inventor gave himself the middle name “Graham” in honor of a family friend? – 2017

As an 11 year old, which inventor gave himself the middle name “Graham” in honor of a family friend?




Alexander Bell




Answer: Alexander Graham Bell was born on March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Alexander Melville Bell, was a professor of speech elocution at the University of Edinburgh. Born as just “Alexander Bell”, at age 10, he made a plea to his father to have a middle name like his two brothers. For his 11th birthday, his father acquiesced and allowed him to adopt the name “Graham”, chosen out of respect for Alexander Graham, a Canadian being treated by his father who had become a family friend. To close relatives and friends he remained “Aleck”.




Alexander Graham Bell (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.

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