Tempted to select the telephone as a national treasure, I thought better of it. If Alexander Graham Bell hadn’t done his work, someone else would still have invented the telephone. But he got there first, in 1876.
Nor was he a one-hit wonder.
Bell spent the rest of his life in scientific research, both in person and by paying for the experiments of others. In the US he collaborated with S.P. Langley, builder of a steam-powered aircraft in the 1890s, and funded the early atomic experiments of A.M. Michelson. Bell himself worked on the photoelectric cell, the iron lung, desalination of seawater, and the phonograph, and attempted to breed a “super race” of sheep at Baddeck. – Canadian Encyclopedia
Anyway, I wonder what Bell would think of our phones. I expect he’d be delighted with their capabilities. He might be less delighted with the change in everyday discourse.
This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.