Who invented the wireless phone? Nathan Stubblefield, in 1908

A parent award to Nathan B. Stubblefield in May 12, 1908, details a "wireless telephone" able to transmit calls using radio. The large, if not entirely unwieldy transmitter does not looks too bad given the day. A further requirement for a series of wires suspended throughout the area, however, perhaps explains why it never caught on. From the Daily Telegraph...
One hundred years on, Stubblefield is finally being recognised as the inventor of the mobile phone. Just 30 years after the first proper long-distance phone network was set up, the Kentucky melon farmer was awarded the patent for his "wireless telephone".
Mobile Phone enjoys centerery [Telegraph.co.uk]

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6 Responses to Who invented the wireless phone? Nathan Stubblefield, in 1908

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to correct you but you are mistaken.

    Stubblefield only invented the first RADIO PHONE.

    Alexander Graham Bell invented the FIRST WIRELESS PHONE in 1881 but you don’t know about it because it used Solar light and not radio.

    Here is the source.

    Among one of his first innovations after the telephone was the “photophone,” a device that enabled sound to be transmitted on a beam of light. Bell and his assistant, Charles Sumner Tainter, developed the photophone using a sensitive selenium crystal and a mirror that would vibrate in response to a sound. In 1881, they successfully sent a photophone message over 200 yards from one building to another. Bell regarded the photophone as “the greatest invention I have ever made; greater than the telephone.” Alexander Graham Bell’s invention reveals the principle upon which today’s laser and fiber optic communication systems are founded, though it would take the development of several modern technologies to realize it fully.


  2. michaelportent says:

    Both those ideas sure caught on like wildfire in their time, eh? Proof that people are really scared of good technology. Or, just proof that people are dumb.

  3. Prissy100 says:

    In 1902, the first radio broadcast demonstration in the U.S. was given by Nathan B. Stubblefield. His voice was the first to be carried on the air-waves (“wireless” – without any wires used for the transmission). At Fairmont Park, Philadelphia, he gave a public exhibition in which he transmitted his voice to a receiver a mile distant from the transmitter. He kept the details of the invention secret until he was issued a patent (U.S. No. 887,357) and gave another demonstration on 30 May 1902. He was unable to obtain a suitable buyer for his invention, thus no distribution, and received little notice for being the first to have accomplished a voice radio broadcast.

    Radio was a new term back then Nathan Stubblefield invented the only wireless telephone of it’s kind back then and the only one who was awarded the patent #887357 for the “Wireless Telephone.”

    He had other patents before this one, one was he Electric Earth Battery which was utilized as the antenna and to power his home for over two months straight, thru the earths massive free energies.
    Bell did not invent this.

  4. mistercharlie says:

    The best part of this is that he was a “Melon Farmer”, a euphemism used in Repo Man for “Motherfucker. Go Telegraph!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I went to college at Murray State, which was founded by the guy on the other phone, “Rainy” t Wells. It’s nice to see Stubblefield get some recognition, I just wish more people around Murray, Ky would learn who he is and what he did.

    — Michael Belcher

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