Nathan Stubblefield

KENTUCKY FARMER INVENTS WIRELESS TELEPHONE! BUT WAS IT RADIO? FACTS AND FOLKLORE ABOUT NATHAN STUBBLEFIELD

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"I have solved the problem of telephoning without wires through the earth as Signor Marconi has of sending signals through space."

Nathan Stubblefield, 1902

But Was It Radio?

Around Murray, Kentucky, folks say it was. For nearly 70 years, they claimed that Nathan Stubblefield's invention made Murray the true "Birthplace of Radio." Elsewhere, people are skeptical. Read the story of what Nathan Stubblefield really did and how he became a folk hero -- then decide for yourself.



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What the media said about Nathan Stubblefield:

  • He bears the stamp of genius.
St. Louis Post Dispatch

  • Since the public test of wireless telephony..., the eyes of the academic world have been turned upon Murray.
Louisville Courier Journal

  • ... he has achieved, in basic form, something greater even than Marconi.
Washington Times

  • A very interesting feature ... was found in the capability of this form of apparatus to send simultaneous messages from a central distributing station over a very wide territory.
Scientific American

  • Stubblefield ... forecast radio and its ramifications, including broadcasting.
New York Times

  • Mr. Stubblefield has about reached perfection.
Murray Ledger

  • Well, Nathan is a genius, and ought to do almost anything if he can utilize the forces of nature as successfully as he can work the newspapers.
Paducah Sun Democrat


 

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