Alexander Graham Bell’s work as an inventor and scientist did not stop after his invention of the telephone. He continued to do medical research, as well as invent everything from the metal detector to hydrofoils. There was one thing that disrupted his work, however: the telephone. Even though it was the most important invention of his life, Bell regarded the telephone as an intrusion on what he considered his real work as a scientist, and refused to have one in his office.
Bell’s family didn’t mind not having a telephone; in fact, Bell never once placed a call to his mother or his wife. Both women were deaf.