|1847||March 3||Alexander Bell is born to Alexander Melville and Eliza Symonds Bell in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is the second of three sons; his siblings are Melville (b. 1845) and Edward (b. 1848).||
[Alexander Melville Bell with his wife, Eliza Grace Symonds and their children, Melville James, Alexander Graham and Edward Charles]. [ca. 1852?] Reproduction Number LC-G9-Z1031. Gilbert H. Grosvenor Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
|1858||Bell adopts the name Graham out of admiration for Alexander Graham, a family friend, and becomes known as Alexander Graham Bell.|
|1862||October||Bell arrives in London to spend a year with his grandfather, Alexander Bell. Letter to Bell from his father|
|1863||August||Bell begins teaching music and elocution at Weston House Academy in Elgin, Scotland, and receives instruction in Latin and Greek for a year.|
|1864||April||Alexander Melville Bell develops Visible Speech, a kind of universal alphabet that reduces all sounds made by the human voice into a series of symbols. Visible Speech chart|
|Fall||Bell attends the University of Edinburgh.||
Chart, undated. Box 196, "Subject File: The Deaf--Visible Speech--Nature & Uses." Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers, Manuscript Division , Library of Congress.
|1865-66||Bell returns to Elgin to teach and experiments with vowel pitches and tuning forks. Letter from Bell to his father|
|1866-67||Bell teaches at Somersetshire College in Bath.|
|1867||May 17||Younger brother Edward Bell dies of tuberculosis at the age of 19.|
|Summer||Alexander Melville Bell publishes his definitive work on Visible Speech, Visible Speech: The Science of Universal Alphabetics.|
|1868||May 21||Bell begins teaching speech to the deaf at Susanna Hull's school for deaf children in London.
Bell attends University College in London.