Eric Tigerstedt

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Birthday
4, 1887
Birthplace
Finland
Death Date
Apr 20, 1925 (37)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
4, 1887
Birthplace
Finland
Death Date
Apr 20, 1925 (37)

About

The "Thomas Edison of Finland" who, in the process of making the world's first talking picture, also greatly improved the vacuum tube, a key component in electronics. He received a total of 71 patents during his long career.

Before Fame

Seeing a Lumiere brothers' silent film inspired him to think how much better it would be with recorded sound.

Trivia

He miraculously predicted cellular telephones over 70 years before they were invented when, in 1917, he filed a patent for what he described as a "pocket-size folding telephone with a very thin carbon microphone."

Family Life

A dispute with his father caused him to leave home at age 15.

Associated With

He took Lee DeForest's vacuum tube and improved it enough to handle speakers.

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