Visited the AGB museum, located here because he owned an estate (Benin Breagh) across the lake from Baddeck, and the community was given many artifacts from his laboratory.
Ok, straight up, there is way too much to tell you about AGB, but I’ll wager there will be some aspect of his personal or professional life you were unaware of.
Initially he was hired to teach deaf children in Boston,  MA.  Then went on to study whether blind students and deaf students could be educated together.
He experimented with selective breeding in an attempt to produce a strain of sheep that would predominantly bear twins, thus boosting productivity and profitability for Nova Scotia farmers.
He was responsible for the first powered, manned flight in the British Empire.  He experimented with a variety of types of  kites, aircraft and watercraft including a hydrofoil and a tetrahedral aircraft.  He used the tetrahedron in several capacities including an observation tower and a form of temporary beach shelter.  He also had a large collection of kites in various tetrahedral configurations.
Other inventions include an iron lung, a metal detector (that was used to locate the bullet in President Garfield’s body after he was assasinated), a form of X-ray machine that took one of the first medical X-rays in Canada.
He also invented the photophone.  This used light waves to carry audio signals.  Part of its construction involves a disk that has holes symmetrically spaced along the edge, that when spun, produced the  to be transmitted.  The higher the rpms the higher the frequency of the signal. In 1880 a transmission was made over 400 meters between a schoolhouse roof and AGB’s laboratory.

“Professor Bell, if you can understand what I say, come to the window and wave your hat.”  –Tainter.  Seconds later, Bell was standing at the window with his hat in  hand.

“I have heard articulate speech prduced by sunlight.  I have heard a ray of sunlight laugh and cough and sing.” –AGB
He also studied genetics, focusing on longevity within family groups, spending several years compiling data for the monograph, “Duration of life and conditions associated with longevity”.
Oh, and did I mention he invented the modern day telephone?
(Obviously, there are things that the museum would be happy to avoid. AGB was involved in the eugenics movement, advocating for mandatory sterilization laws, some of which were enacted in several states, including laws in California that were used as models for Nazi Germany.)

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