When was first microphone invented?
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Who invented the microphone first?
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What invention was needed before the telephone was invented?
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Where was the microphone invented?
Several early inventors built primitive microphones, called transmitters, prior to Alexander Bell, but the first commercially practical microphone was the carbon microphone conceived in October 1876 by Thomas Edison. Many early developments in microphone design took place at Bell Laboratories, including the first condenser microphone, described by Wente in 1914. Cheers ebs
What scientist invented the first wireless microphone?
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What year did Thomas Edison create the carbon microphone?
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What are some of the things Robert Hooke invented?
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What is the origin of the word microphone?
The word microphone made up from two Greek words, mikros "small" + phone "sound". Apparently the word first appeared in a dictionary in 1683 and referred to "an instrument by which small sounds are intensified". Obviously electrical microphones for radio transmission and sound recording had not yet been invented at that time, so a 'microphone' at that time meant a hearing device such as an ear trumpet or a megaphone, both of which were used to amplify sound. The electrical version, i.e. for the telephone, (invented by Alexander Graham Bell, 1876) was originally called a 'telephone transmitter', not a microphone. It was only later that the word 'microphone' was used to describe the mouthpiece used for electrical/radio transmissions and sound recordings. Different people have been credited with coining the word 'microphone', so it does not seem possible to identify with certainty the first person who actually 'invented' the word.