Francis Blake
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Born(1850-12-25)December 25, 1850
Needham, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 20, 1913(1913-01-20) (aged 62)
Weston, Massachusetts
OccupationInventor
Spouse(s)
Elizabeth Livermore Hubbard
(m. 1874)
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Francis Blake, Jr. (December 25, 1850 – January 20, 1913) was an American inventor.

Biography

Francis Blake was born in Needham, Massachusetts on December 25, 1850, the son of Caroline Burling (Trumbull) and Francis Blake, Sr.[1]

In 1879, he invented a carbon microphone for use in the telephone, and patented[2] it shortly after Thomas Edison invented a similar microphone that also used carbon contacts. Blake used a carbon button design that initially would not stay in adjustment, but with later improvements proved to be workable. Alexander Graham Bell hired Blake and put him to work with Emile Berliner who also invented a carbon microphone. The improved Berliner-Blake microphone was standard with the Bell company for many years.[3]

Blake worked on the United States Coast Survey from his teenage years through early adulthood (1866-1878). He was a physicist and an amateur photographer.

In 1874, Blake married Elizabeth Livermore Hubbard (1849-1941) whose father provided land in Weston, on which Blake designed and built an elaborate house where he conducted his electrical experiments. They had two children: Agnes (Blake) Fitzgerald (b. 1876) and Benjamin Sewall Blake (b. 1877).

Blake was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1900.[4]

He died at his home in Boston on January 20, 1913.[5]

Patents

References

  1. ^ Bacon, Edwin M., ed. (1896). Men of Progress: One Thousand Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Leaders in Business and Professional Life in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: The New England Magazine. pp. 948–950. Retrieved February 14, 2022 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/ea/71/a4/ee75a276385b08/US250126.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ Coe, pages 22, 33, 76
  4. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  5. ^ "Francis Blake is Dead". The Marshfield News. Boston. January 30, 1913. p. 2. Retrieved April 8, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.