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Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

On this day in 1835, American inventor Elisha Gray was born in Barnesville, Ohio. The co-founder of the Western Electric Manufacturing Company, Gray is perhaps best remembered for the controversy surrounding the invention of the telephone.

Profile of the Day: Elisha Gray

Gray was born into a Quaker family in Ohio and grew up on a farm. An electrical engineer, he held over 70 patents and is often considered the father of the modern music synthesizer.

On February 14, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented his version of the telephone. Within hours of the filing, Gray submitted a caveat for his own telephone prototype at the U.S. Patent Office. The conflict between the two inventors escalated with accusations of theft as they battled in court. In the end, Bell prevailed and was granted the patent for the telephone.

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