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Edison, Thomas Alva (1847-1931) : let there be light!
Although better known for inventing the electric lamp and the phonograph, Thomas Alva Edison made a number of significant improvements to the telephone.

Edison was always inquisitive and started experimenting with electrical currents after his mother bought him a science book....
Emtage, Alan (born 1964)
Alan Emtage was born in Barbados in 1964. He studied computer science at McGill University in Montréal, Canada from 1983. Whilst a student he also worked as a systems administrator overseeing department infrastructure.

During his work at the university Emtage created an early internet search tool, which he named ‘Archie’....
Erlang, Agner Krarup (1878-1929) : the maths behind telephone traffic
Agner Krarup Erlang developed the mathematical formulae that underpinned the design of telephone networks from the 1920s.

He passed his final school exam with distinction when he was just 14 and become a schoolteacher when he was only 15!....
fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...