Alexander Bain

Died aged 65

Alexander Bain (12 October 1810 – 2 January 1877) was a Scottish inventor and engineer who was first to invent and patent the electric clock. He invented the Telegraph Clock, which was a technology of synchronizing many electric clocks placed anywhere in the world; they would all have the exact same time. He also invented and patented the technology of the facsimile machine for scanning images and transmitting them across telegraph lines hundreds of miles away. He installed the railway telegraph lines between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland, for recording messages, to regulate the safe movement of trains, marking time, giving signals, and printing information at different locations. He invented a chemical telegraph technology of being able to transmit across a telegraph line messages at up to 1000 words per minute, while at the time Morse's telegraph could only produce 40 words a minute.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Workshop of Alexander Bain electric clock and telegraph inventor Born 1810 - Died 1877

Hannover Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they was

Alexander Bain 1810-1877 Inventor of the fax machine had his workshop here

21 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they worked