27 Apr '15, 3pm

#OnThisDay in #TechHistory Samuel Morse, inventor of a single-wire telegraph was born

#OnThisDay in #TechHistory Samuel Morse, inventor of a single-wire telegraph was born

Morse painted this self portrait in 1812. Samuel Morse first established himself as a talented painter, but his interest in long-distance communication led to innovations that laid the groundwork for a communications revolution. Born in Charlestown, MA in 1791, Morse was the son of a pastor who was also an inventor of cerographic sterotypy, a wax-based printing process. He studied religious philosophy, mathematics, and the science of horses at Yale College, graduating in 1810. After college he pursued a career as a painter, and began studying under American Romantic landscape painter Washington Allston. He became a well respected portrait painter with subjects including President James Monroe. In the 1830s Morse decided to give up his career as a painter, and began to focus on communication. He reportedly set out to improve long distance communication after it took days fo...

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