ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL
Although fans of Elisha Grey are even now writing us furious hate mail for saying this, Alexander Graham Bell is generally regarded as the father of the modern telephone and microphone.
These inventions were the fruits of a life spent in Scotland and England studying deafness and experimenting with sound. A series of tragic illnesses led Bell and his surviving family to seek a new start in the New World, settling first in Ontario and later in Massachusetts, where Bell found work at the famous Boston School for the Deaf.
During his work with Thomas Watson on the telephone, Bell spent much of his time in Canada, but chose to patent the device (and found Bell Telephone) in America and technically never became a Canadian citizen, so we’re claiming “Aleck” as our own.
We’re sorry, Canadians / Nous sommes desoles, Canadiens. (If it makes you or the Elisha Gray fans feel any better, Bell had a surprisingly tough time getting his invention off the ground.)