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Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), inventor of the telephone. Bell would have been known to history simply as Alexander Bell, but he was highly jealous of his brothers’ middle names and asked for and received one for his 11th birthday. His interest in acoustics developed during his childhood through his experiences with his deaf mother, influencing his later work with the deaf and experimentation with sound.

the musician Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) photographed (1967) by English photographer Barrie Wentzell. source: rocksquare. via AnOther

The only known photograph of Frédéric Chopin -- taken by Louis-Auguste Bisson in 1849, the last year of Chopin’s life. Passionate, tragic, melancholic and patriotic, the great 19th-century composer Frédéric Chopin dreamed of freedom for Poland.