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The Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers: Time Line of Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1869

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1847 March 3 Alexander Bell is born to Alexander Melville and Eliza Symonds Bell in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the second of three sons; his siblings are Melville (b. 1845) and Edward (b. 1848).
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[Alexander Melville Bell with his wife, Eliza Grace Symonds and their children, Melville James, Alexander Graham and Edward Charles]. [ca. 1852?] Reproduction Number LC-G9-Z1031. Gilbert H. Grosvenor Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
1858 Bell adopts the name Graham out of admiration for Alexander Graham, a family friend, and becomes known as Alexander Graham Bell.
1862 October Bell arrives in London to spend a year with his grandfather, Alexander Bell. Letter to Bell from his father
1863 August Bell begins teaching music and elocution at Weston House Academy in Elgin, Scotland, and receives instruction in Latin and Greek for a year.
1864 April Alexander Melville Bell develops Visible Speech, a kind of universal alphabet that reduces all sounds made by the human voice into a series of symbols. Visible Speech chart
Fall Bell attends the University of Edinburgh.
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Chart, undated. Box 196, "Subject File: The Deaf--Visible Speech--Nature & Uses." Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers, Manuscript Division , Library of Congress.
1865-66 Bell returns to Elgin to teach and experiments with vowel pitches and tuning forks. Letter from Bell to his father
1866-67 Bell teaches at Somersetshire College in Bath.
1867 May 17 Younger brother Edward Bell dies of tuberculosis at the age of 19.
Summer Alexander Melville Bell publishes his definitive work on Visible Speech, Visible Speech: The Science of Universal Alphabetics.
1868 May 21 Bell begins teaching speech to the deaf at Susanna Hull's school for deaf children in London.

Bell attends University College in London.

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