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FREDERICK ALLAN GOWER

For inventing in the field of telephony, this man plays no part! Frederick Allan Gower was an ambitious and highly successful businessman from the United States who made a fortune on telephone companies in Europe.

Frederick Allan Gower worked as a journalist for an American newspaper when he had a chance to interview Alexander Graham Bell. It happened in 1871. At that time many people perceived Bell to be a less than adequate man who claimed the ability to transmit the human voice over telegraph wires. It is worth noting that Gower won the chance to interview the eccentric inventor (by coin toss) against his less fortunate colleagues. Apparently, Frederick had a so-called well-developed sense: the idea of the scientist did not seem strange to him, but rather intriguing. As a result, Gower became Bell's press secretary and later a business partner and chief adviser. It was Gower, who, according to a 1940 article in the Journal of Providence, convinced Bell that the phone will ultimately be in greater demand for mass use as opposed to commercial.

Gower died aged 33 on July 18, 1885 in Cherbourg, France, trying to cross the English Channel in a balloon