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COMMUNICATION HISTORY

 
 
 INVENTION      INVENTOR YEAR
Alexanderson alternator Ernst Alexanderson 1909
Braille Louis Braille 1824
Camera, Kodak George Eastman 1888
Film, Roll George Eastman 1884
Halftone Printing Process Frederic Ives 1885
Instant Photography Edwin Land 1947
Linotype Ottmar Mergenthaler 1886
Mobile Phone   Richard Frenkiel and Joel Engel 1983
multiplane camera Walt Disney 1936
Multiplex Railway Telegraph Granville Woods 1887
Printing Press Johannes Gutenberg 1440
Printing Press, Rotary Richard Hoe 1843
Printing Press, Web Rotary William Bullock 1863
Pupin Inductance Coil Michael Pupin 1894
Radio Remote Control John Hays Hammond 1914
Radio, Wireless Signaling Reginald Fessenden 1900
Teleautograph Elisha Gray 1888
Telephone Alexander Graham Bell 1876
Television Philo T. Farnsworth 1927
Television, mechanical John Logie Baird 1925
Wireless Telegraph Guglielmo Marconi 1895
World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee 1991

TO LEARN MORE

ON THE BOOKSHELF:
100 Inventions That Shaped World History
by Bill Yenne, Morton, Dr. Grosser (Editor) / Paperback - 112 pages (1983) / Bluewood Books 
This book contains inventions from all around the world from microchips to fire. This is a really good book if you are going to do research on inventions.
A Century of Innovation: Twenty Engineering Achievements That Transformed Our Lives
by  George Constable, Bob Somerville / Hardcover: 256 pages / Joseph Henry Press(October, 2003)
As the world eagerly looked forward to the dawn of a new millennium, the turning of the calendar also represented an opportunity to pause and reflect on the tremendous ingenuity and invention that marked the previous hundred years.
Constant Touch: A Global History of the Mobile Phone
by Jon Agar / Paperback: 192 pages / Publisher: Totem Books (February 25, 2005)
Until not very long ago the mobile phone was expensive and the preserve of a rich few. Today the cellphone is everywhere--so common it goes unnoticed. Jon Agar tells the fascinating story behind the rise and rise of this incredible little device.
The Engines of Our Ingenuity : An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture
by John H. Lienhard / Paperback: 272 pages / Oxford University Press, USA (December 4, 2003)
Based on episodes from Lienhard's widely broadcast public radio series, this intriguing set of essays begins with a simple premise: more than we often care to admit, our lives are shaped by our machines. Fleshing out this proposition, Lienhard ransacks 2,000 years of scientific and technological history, cobbling together a quirky biography of the strange being he calls homo technologicus.

Eureka!: An Illustrated History of Inventions From the Wheel to the Computer
by Edward De Bono / Hardcover - 248 pages (1974) / Thames & Hudson

A marvelous array of history's and prehistory's most important and intriquing inventions.
History of Mechanical Inventions
by Abbott Payson Usher / Paperback: 450 pages / Dover Pub.; Rev. ed edition (1988)
This completely revised and updated classic explores the importance of technological innovation in the cultural and economic history of the West. Specific topics include invention of the printing press.
The Invention of Photography
by Quentin Bajac / Paperback: 160 pages / Harry N Abrams;  (November 2002)
This fascinating study of the first half-century of photography covers not only its scientific developments but also its establishment as a documentary tool and, eventually, its critical acceptance as an art form.

Please Stand by: A Prehistory of Television
by Michael Ritchie / Paperback (September 1995) / Penguin USA (Paper)
A nostalgic look at the earliest days, 1920-1948, of the medium that would define and change the 20th century. Presents interviews with television inventors, station owners, actors, and crews reliving television firsts such as the first commercial, the first soap opera, and the first sportscast.
The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (Volumes 1 and 2 in One)
by Elizabeth L. Eisenstein / Paperback: 832 pages  / Cambridge University Press;  (1980)
These two volumes, in one book, represent an extensive survey of the recent literature on the three intellectual and social movements of the period 1400-1700: the Italian Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. Ms. Eisenstein examines the major hypotheses as to their causes and progress, and reassesses them in terms of the impact of printing and its products.

The Telephone : Turning Point Inventions
by Sarah Gearhart / School & Library Binding - 80 pages (September 1999) / Atheneum
The telephone revolutionized long-distance communication by allowing people to speak with each other quickly, clearly, and affordably. Today, you can send and receive information from virtually anywhere using a wireless telephone, faxes, or E-mail, thanks to Bell's invention of the telephone.
What a Great Idea: Inventions That Changed the World
by Steve Tomecek, Dan Stuckenschneider  / Hardcover: 128 pages / Scholastic; (2003)
From the hand ax and mathematics to IC chips and the laser, each technological touchstone in human history is described and placed in historical context. Each profile includes the who (if we know it), how the idea developed and how it works, the immediate impact of the idea, and the technological 'children' of the idea. The time span is 3500 B C to today.

ON THE SCREEN:
Captured Light: The Invention of Still Photography
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $25.00 / Also VHS
The development of the still camera was one of the most significant advances of the age of invention. The captured image has transformed the way we see our world, preserving moments forever with the push of a button.

The Telephone
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $25.00 / Also VHS
Undeniably essential to modern life, the telephone is the most important, influential, and effective communication tool ever developed. Exploring how one man's speaking device has grown into the technological web that links humankind, this thrilling program also revisits the race between Bell and rival Elisha Gray—who was building a similar design but ultimately filed the history-changing patent just two hours after Bell
Television - Window to the World
DVD / 1 Volume Set / 50 Minutes / History Channel / Less than $25.00 / Also VHS
Chronicles the incredible story of television, from the vision of Philo Farnsworth, a Utah farm boy who developed the first working system in 1925, to the technological breakthroughs that are transforming the medium as we head into the 21st century..


ON THE WEB:
The American Experience:Big Dreams, Small Screens
Charts the development of TV and the technology behind it. From the PBS series.
(URL: www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/technology/bigdream/index.html)
The Information Age and the Printing Press: Looking Backward to See Ahead
There are some provocative parallels between the communications changes enabled by networked computers and those enabled by the printing press in its early days. Article by James A. Dewar
(URL: www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P8014/index.html)
Media History Project
It took the telephone 75 years and television 13 years to acquire 50 million users. It has taken the Internet five years. Today, more than 500 million people around the world are connected to the Internet. Its development is a historical prime mover like the alphabet and the printing press. This site is hosted and supported by the University of Minnesota.
(URL: www.mediahistory.umn.edu/index2.html)
Mobile Communications History
Seems to have been first "verbalized" by D. H. Ring (AT&T Bell Laboratories) in 1947. The advent of the cellular concept was a crucial contribution in the development of mobile communication.
(URL: people.deas.harvard.edu/~jones/cscie129/nu_lectures/lecture7/cellular/cell_hist.html)
The Photographic Historical Society
Located in Rochester, NY was established to bring together all individuals with an interest in the history of photography. Hosted by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
(URL: www.rit.edu/~andpph/tphs.html)
Smithsonian: Inventors and Innovation
Virtual exhibits and in-depth explorations of invention topics. Access to resources on the history of invention. Recording and collecting the work of inventors is the mission of the Smithsonian - Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation..
(URL: www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/invent.htm)

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