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David Edward Hughes

Born: May 16, 1831

Death: Jan 22, 1900

Birthplace: Corwen

Nationality: United Kingdom

David Edward Hughes

Date of Birth : May 16, 1831
Date of Death : Jan 22, 1900
Birth Place : Corwen

David Edward Hughes, was an Anglo-American inventor, practical experimenter, and professor of music known for his work on the printing telegraph and the microphone. He is generally considered to have been born in London but his family moved around that time so he may have been born in Corwen, Wales. His family moved to the U.S. while he was a child and he became a professor of music in Kentucky. In 1855 he patented a printing telegraph. He moved back to London in 1857 and further pursued experimentation and invention, coming up with an improved carbon microphone in 1878. In 1879 he identified what seemed to be a new phenomenon during his experiments: sparking in one device could be heard in a separate portable microphone apparatus he had set up. It was most probably radio transmissions but this was nine years before electromagnetic radiation was a proven concept and Hughes was convinced by others that his discovery was simply electromagnetic induction.

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