Samuel F. B. Morse
(27 Apr 1791 - 2 Apr 1872)
American artist and inventor who is famous for developing the Morse Code (1838) and independently perfecting an electric telegraph (1832-35). He spent the first part of his life as a portrait artist, and did not turn to science until 1832.
“What hath God wrought”
written in the dots and dashes of Morse Code
— Samuel F. B. Morse
Message transmitted to inaugurate the first U.S. telegraph line on 24 May 1844. The biblical text, from Numbers, 23:23, was selected by Annie Ellsworth, daughter of the Commissioner of Patents.
- Science Quotes by Samuel F. B. Morse.
- - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Morse's birth. 27 Apr
- 24 May 1844 - entry for transmission of inaugural telegraph message
- Lightning Man: The Accursed Life of Samuel F. B. Morse, by Kenneth Silverman. - book suggestion.