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Charles Tilston Bright (1832-1888)

Charles Tilston Bright (1832-1888)

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Charles Tilston Bright (1832-1888), British electrical engineer who worked on submarine telegraph cables in the British Isles. He then supervised the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1858 and many other deep-water telegraph cables in many overseas locations including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the Persian Gulf section of the telegraph linking London and India. The acoustic telegraph known as “Bright's Bells” was one of the inventions and improvements he introduced into the working of the telegraph. Together with his brother he held many wide-ranging patents on telegraphy. He became the President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1887, and was Liberal member of Parliament for Greenwich from 1865 to 1868.

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