How Did Reginald Fessenden Invent AM Radio?

Reginald Fessenden was an avid inventor who is credited with being the first man to ever broadcast sound or voice over the radio. Born on October 6, 1866, Reginald Fessenden was a very fast learning child, and at age 12 he was attending colleges and universities. He was granted a mastership in mathematics when he was fourteen from Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville, Quebec. For reasons unknown, when he was 18, Reginald Fessenden left Bishop’s University without being awarded a degree even though he had done the work for it. After this, he became interested in developing his electrical skills further, so he moved to New York in search of employment from Thomas Edison. At first his application was refused, however, he kept trying and got acceptance as an assistant tester for Edison Machine Works. He later advanced and became a lab chemist for Edison himself. He was later let go after the company faced financial struggle. Fessenden was not daunted and used his experience from this job as a stepping stone to something better. He created his own company and started developing a way that radio waves could travel on the same aerial with little to no interferance. He then began experimentation with radio technology on an even deeper level. Hundreds of hours of long work and patents later, he came to the conclusion that he had done it. Ships had used a form of technology that was referred to as “Morse code” which was a code that could be read by a crewman who deciphered it. It was composed of the culmination of several dots and dashes that was sent from ship to ship in order to communicate with each other. Compared to Reginald’s radio system, that was now a thing of the past. The first radio signals of voice/sound occurred on Christmas Eve, 1906.