David Hughes, US inventor

David Hughes, US inventor

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Caption: David E. Hughes (1831-1900), British-born US inventor, physicist and electrical engineer. Hughes emigrated with his family to the USA in 1838. His machine for printing telegraph messages (1855) became widely used throughout the US and Europe. Hughes, who was an accomplished musician and professor of music, also invented a carbon microphone. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1880, and awarded the Society's Royal Medal in 1885. He was President of the UK's Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1886. Artwork from 'Electricite' (1911) by Max de Nansouty, part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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